Adjustment of Status Lawyers in Houston
Adjustment of status is the process of obtaining a green card from within the United States. This is the alternative to consular processing, in which a foreign citizen living abroad applies for a visa at a U.S. consulate or embassy. When you adjust your status, you can complete the process without leaving the United States.
At Baker Donelson, we can help you understand everything you need to know about adjustment of status. With a green card, you can enjoy many powerful benefits, such as the ability to live and work anywhere in the U.S., the opportunity to sponsor certain family members for permanent residence, a path to citizenship, and much more. We want you to experience these benefits in as little time as possible, which is why we have spent more than 40 years developing our skills as adjustment of status attorneys.
Navigating the Adjustment of Status Process
As with consular processing, the adjustment of status process will begin with a petition, which differs depending on your category. In most cases, a sponsor will file this petition on your behalf. Your sponsor is usually a U.S. employer that has offered you a job or a family member who is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident. Some immigrants (e.g., immigrant investors or those who are petitioning under the Violence Against Women Act) can self-petition, meaning they can apply without a sponsor.
For the second half of the adjustment of status process, you will submit Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status. In some cases, you may be able to submit the petition and Form I-485 simultaneously. This is called concurrent filing, and it is available for these categories.
If you cannot file concurrently, you will need to wait to file Form I-485 until:
- USCIS approves your initial petition; and
- A green card is available in your category.
To check if a visa is available, you’ll use the monthly Visa Bulletin. By law, the U.S. government can only give out a certain number of visas and green cards per year, and the bulletin lets immigrants know whether visas have become available in any given category. Some categories (e.g., immediate relatives of U.S. citizens) are given an unlimited number of visas each year, which is these applicants can submit Form I-485 along with their petition.
After filing Form I-485, you may need to attend an interview. USCIS might also send a request for additional evidence. The timing and requirements of the adjustment of status process are complex, but taking the right steps at the appropriate time is critical to your success. As such, we urge you to let us guide you through the process from beginning to end.
At Baker Donelson, we are trusted by clients and colleagues alike to deliver nothing short of exemplary legal services. We are driven to help you successfully navigate your process not just because we take pride in our work but because we have personally experienced the immigration journey. We know how intimidating the system can be, and our goal is to strengthen your confidence, renew your hope in your future, and arm you with the tools and knowledge you need to succeed.
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Immigration is rarely a single process with a clear beginning and end. It is a lifelong commitment, and your success depends on the quality of your legal counsel as well as your knowledge of your rights and options. At Baker Donelson, we empower our clients by helping them understand everything they need to know about the immigration system. We want you to leave our law firm with more knowledge, confidence, and agency than you had when you first enlisted our support.
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