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What is Adjustment of Status?

What is Adjustment of Status?

Understanding Adjustment of Status

Immigration law is complicated, and hearing terms like “adjustment of status” may be confusing to many. In short, adjustment of status is an immigration provision in which you can apply for a green card — this allows you to obtain lawful permanent residency in the United States. Here’s how the process works.

Who is Eligible For Adjustment of Status?

You may be able to apply for a green card through adjustment of status in the following ways:

You may also be eligible for a green card if you have lived in the U.S. since before January 1, 1972. To learn if you fall into the above categories in applying for adjustment of status, speak to an experienced immigration attorney so you can be guided in the right direction.

What’s the Difference Between Adjustment of Status and Consular Processing?

Adjustment of status is only available for immigrants who are currently present in the United States. Consular processing, on the other hand, is the process in which immigrants who are living out of the U.S. can apply for a green card. When applying for a green card through consular processing, you must prove that you already have a priority date and visa number. Once your application is submitted, you will also be required to go through an interview with a consulate or U.S. Embassy official.

Common Reasons Why Adjustment of Status May Be Denied

When applying for a green card through adjustment of status, there are several common reasons why your application could be denied, including:

  • Being involved in fraudulent activities
  • Being involved with acts of terrorism
  • Being involved as a member of a totalitarian party
  • Being involved in a polygamist marriage
  • Unlawfully claiming you are a U.S. citizen
  • Having health-related issues including not having proper vaccinations required

Contact an Orange County Immigration Lawyer

If you need assistance with obtaining a green card through adjustment of status, we can help. Having an experienced immigration attorney assist you with your case can increase your chances of approval. If you’ve been denied a green card, you have the right to appeal.

Contact Yekrangi & Associates today at (949) 478-4963 to learn more about how our we can get your immigration case started.

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