Explaining the Process of Adjustment of Status

Immigration and naturalization forms from the US Custom and Border Patrol DepartmentAdjustment of status is an option for some immigrants in the U.S. to change their legal status. Immigration law can seem quite complicated. However, an attorney who knows the law well can  break it down for you. In El Paso, immigration status is a huge concern for a lot people and their families. Here are a few things that a process of adjustment of status can include.

Basis for Immigration

Before even applying for an adjustment of status, it’s vital that you know the requirements for permanent residency. For example, if you are married to a citizen then you’ll be applying on the basis of family. If you have been working in the U.S. for a while, then you may be able to petition for adjustment of status backed by your employer.

Forms for Adjustment of Status

Once you have decided the basis on which you want to apply for adjustment of status, you can file a petition. In most cases, you cannot file one yourself. Whatever basis you decide to petition on will determine who can file a petition on your behalf. As it was mentioned above, family can be a reason to apply. If this is the case, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident family member will have to file a Form I-130 on your behalf. You may also be able to file your F I-485 (Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status) at the same time that your F I-360 is being filed. This is known as concurrent filing.

The Waiting GameLeft hand corner of a blue flyer for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

There many moves that have to be made on the part of an individual wishing to adjust his or her status, but there is also a lot of waiting. Make sure to prepare yourself to be patient. You will have to wait for visa availability, approval, and so on. Having a professional to remind you about waiting periods and to make sure that you do everything the right way the first time, will significantly expedite your adjustment of status process.

In El Paso, Cynthia R. López is an immigration lawyer who can help you with adjustment of status and other immigration issues. We’d be happy to help you navigate the immigration process. You shouldn’t have to go through it alone. We can help you understand all your options. Contact our law office today!