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Eligibility and requirements for adjustment of status

On Behalf of | Apr 11, 2024 | Immigration

Each year, individuals from all over the world immigrate to the United States for work, education and other opportunities. Often, these opportunities are limited to the terms of their visa allowing them entrance into the U.S. In some cases, an Immigrant will seek to remain in the country permanently, giving rise to the adjustment of status process.

Obtaining permanent residency is a both exciting and overwhelming process to navigate. Even when you are in the country for an extended period, the language, rules and laws can still be confusing. Thus, it is important to understand your legal rights as well as the steps involved in the process.

Adjustment of status

At Mark Citrin, P.A., our law firm has extensive experience helping individuals apply for their adjustment of status. Our legal team understand it can be a confusing and overwhelming process, which is why we are dedicated to provided hands-on guidance to our clients in Florida.

An adjustment of status is a major step to take. It is the legal process used to apply for lawful permanent resident status. It is synonymous with applying for a green card. When an Immigrant is already in the U.S., they can apply for and obtain a green card without the need to return to their home country to initiate and complete the process.

Eligibility for green card

One must meet the statutory requirements to be eligible to apply for a green card. This means that the Immigrant was last inspected and admitted into the United States, currently has an immigrant visa priority date with immediate availability, are not subject to any statutory disqualifiers and are admissible to the U.S.

It should be noted that this is a brief list of eligibility criteria, as there are some exceptions. Thus, determining eligibility can be a complex and sometimes confusing task. As such, it is important to gain a solid understanding about the requirements.

Applying for an adjustment of status is a major step to take. Thus, it should be a process you enter fully understanding what is required. A legal professional can provide insight and answers to any questions you have.