When a non-citizen wants to visit the United States, they must first obtain immigration status by getting a visa. Over time, however, one’s status may change from non-immigrant to immigrant. A visitor might have entered the country as a student, for example, and then wanted to marry a U.S. citizen. Visas differ for these situations, and in light of this the immigrant would need to officially adjust immigration status before plans could go forward. Very often, it is helpful to hire a good immigration attorney to speed up the process.
Adjustment of Status
An actual adjustment of status is only for people inside the United States already. If a visitor wishes to enter the United States as a permanent resident instead of adjusting from within the country, they would file the application through the nearest consulate or embassy.
There are five main eligibility requirements that must be met in order to be able to adjust status. The requirements are as follows:
After Determination of Eligibility
Once the applicant is deemed eligible to apply for the adjustment, the process is fairly similar to those used when applying for other visas. Biometrics are required, and in some cases, an interview with a consular officer. The final decision is usually received by mail, and the day that the decision was approved will usually be the date on which the permanent residency will be said to have begun for legal purposes.
Contact a Chicago Immigration Attorney Today
The process of adjusting your status can be complex and difficult to navigate without the assistance of an experienced attorney. The legal professionals at Mevorah Law Offices LLC in DuPage County can help. Contact our experienced Chicago immigration lawyers for a free consultation today.
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