Adjustment of status is one of the two primary ways that an immigrant can apply for lawful permanent residence, or a “green card”, the other being consular processing. Adjustment of status allows an immigrant to apply for lawful permanent residence in the United States without having to travel to his country of birth for a consular interview. As a general matter, a person may apply for adjustment of status if his last entry into the United States was legal, or if he is the beneficiary of an immigrant petition or application for labor certification that was filed on or before April 30, 2001.
The specific facts of your case will determine whether adjustment of status is the appropriate process for your application. Further, an applicant must provide proof that he is eligible to adjust status. As such, in certain cases a formal investigation may be required in order to obtain the necessary proof of the applicant’s last legal entry or evidence that the applicant was the beneficiary of a prior petition or labor certification application filed on or before April 30, 2001.
The attorneys of the Franco Law Group are experienced in preparing and filing applications for adjustment of status and are available to discuss your case with you.