The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) permits the change of an individual’s immigration status while in the United States from nonimmigrant or parolee (temporary) to immigrant (permanent). This change is generally permitted if the individual was inspected and admitted or paroled into the United States and is able to meet all required qualifications for a green card (permanent residence) in a particular category.
The common term for a change to permanent status is “adjustment of status. Adjustment of status is the process by which an eligible individual already in the United States can obtain permanent resident status (a green card) without having to return to their home country to complete visa processing.
Summary of Adjustment of Status General Steps
- Determine immigration eligibility
- Check Visa Availability
- File the Immigrant Petition
- File Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residency or Adjust Status
- Go to your Application Support Center appointment (fingerprints)
- Attend interview (if applicable)
- Receive final decision
Utah Consular Processing Attorney
Consular processing exists for non-immigrants living outside the United States who wish to obtain an immigrant visa, it is crucial to perform each step as instructed and prepare the proper documentation. Buhler Thomas Law, P.C. can simplify this complex process.
Consular processing consists of three different steps. The steps involve USCIS, the National Visa Center, and the U.S. Consulate. Due to the differing regulations of each government agency, hiring an experienced attorney can be extremely helpful.
Because immigration law is governed by federal law, we can provide legal services to clients domestically and internationally. Contact us today.