Adjusting Status to Permanent Resident

Adjusting Status to Permanent Resident: Your Path to Becoming a Permanent Resident in the United States

Welcome to the “Adjusting Status to Permanent Resident” page at The Ahluwalia Firm. If you are currently living in the United States on a nonimmigrant visa and wish to transition to lawful permanent resident status (green card holder), understanding the process of adjusting status is crucial. Our team of immigration attorneys specializes in assisting individuals and families in navigating the complex journey of becoming permanent residents in the U.S.

Understanding the Adjustment of Status Process

Adjusting status refers to the process of transitioning from a temporary visa holder (such as an H-1B, L-1, F-1, or K-1 visa) to a lawful permanent resident (green card holder) while residing in the United States. This process typically involves the following steps:

Eligibility Assessment: Determining your eligibility for adjustment of status based on your current visa category, family relationships, employment, or other qualifying criteria.

File an Immigrant Petition: In many cases, a family member or employer must file an immigrant petition on your behalf with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Visa Bulletin: Waiting for a visa number to become available based on the preference category and country of origin, as indicated in the Visa Bulletin published by the U.S. Department of State.

Form I-485: Filing Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, with USCIS to officially apply for adjustment of status.

Biometrics Appointment: Attending a biometrics appointment to provide fingerprints, photograph, and signature for background checks.

Interview (if required): Attending an interview at a USCIS office, if requested, to answer questions and provide additional documentation.

Background Checks and Medical Examination: Undergoing background checks and a medical examination as part of the vetting process.

Approval: Receiving approval of your adjustment of status application, after which you will receive your green card.

Key Benefits of Adjusting Status to Permanent Resident

Adjusting status offers several advantages for individuals and families living in the United States on temporary visas:

Stability: Becoming a permanent resident provides long-term stability and security in the U.S., allowing you to live and work without the restrictions of a nonimmigrant visa.

Path to Citizenship: Permanent residency is often a stepping stone to becoming a U.S. citizen, should you choose to pursue naturalization in the future.

Family Reunification: Many family-sponsored immigrants use adjustment of status to join their U.S. citizen or permanent resident relatives.

Our Expertise in Adjusting Status

At The Ahluwalia Firm, we specialize in assisting individuals and families with adjusting status to permanent resident. Our experienced immigration attorneys have a deep understanding of the eligibility criteria, documentation requirements, and the overall process involved in securing permanent residency in the U.S. We provide personalized guidance and support to help you navigate this important immigration journey.

Our Services

Our comprehensive range of services for adjusting status to permanent resident includes:

Eligibility Assessment: Evaluating your eligibility for adjustment of status based on your unique circumstances.

Immigrant Petition Assistance: Assisting with the preparation and filing of immigrant petitions, including family-sponsored, employment-based, and other qualifying categories.

Form I-485 Application: Preparing and filing Form I-485 and supporting documentation to apply for adjustment of status.

Interview Preparation: If required, we provide comprehensive interview preparation to ensure you are well-prepared for the USCIS interview.

Getting Started with Adjusting Status to Permanent Resident

Embarking on the journey to becoming a permanent resident in the United States is a significant and life-changing decision. Whether you are seeking permanent residency through family sponsorship, employment, or other avenues, our team at The Ahluwalia Firm is here to guide you through the process. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward securing your future as a permanent resident in the U.S.

Additional Resources

Explore our website for valuable articles, resources, and updates on adjusting status to permanent resident and other immigration topics. We are dedicated to providing you with the information and support you need to make informed decisions about your path to permanent residency.

Make the transition to permanent resident status with confidence. Let The Ahluwalia Firm be your trusted partner in making it happen.


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