Immigration has been in the news a lot lately, especially stories about the crisis at the United States/Mexico border. Although a lot of migrants want to come to the United States, it is crucial they learn the proper terms and procedures for obtaining U.S. citizenship. Adjustment of status is the legal process for applying for permanent resident status when a person is in the United States. This is also known as applying for a Green Card. A person may obtain a Green Card without having to return to his or her home country to complete visa processing. However, if someone is outside of the United States, he or she must obtain a visa through consular processing abroad.
Steps for Adjustment of Status
There are several things a person must do before receiving a Green Card. The following are the main steps in the Adjustment of Status process:
- Determine eligibility (category) for application of a Green Card.
- The applicant or another party must file an immigrant petition (if applicable).
- Make sure there are visas available (if applicable).
- File Form I-485.
- Go to local Application Support Center appointment.
- Go to an interview (if applicable).
- Reply to a request for additional evidence (if applicable).
- Check on the status of the case.
- Receive a decision.
U.S. immigration laws have different categories under which an immigrant can apply for Adjustment of Status. The eligibility requirements vary depending on the immigration category. The first step in this process is to determine which (if any) immigrant category a person belongs....