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Adjustment Of Status

San Antonio Immigration Attorney Lisa Wogwu

At Wogwu Law, we guide clients globally who are planning their migration to the U.S. One critical pathway beneficial for many clients is the Adjustment of Status process. This vital procedure allows individuals currently in the U.S. on a temporary visa to seamlessly change their status to that of a lawful permanent resident, all without needing to leave the country.

What Is Adjustment of Status?

Adjustment of Status (AOS) is a legal process for eligible individuals to become lawful permanent residents (Green Card holders) in the United States. It's an alternative to obtaining a Green Card through consular processing, which requires returning to one’s home country.

Eligibility for Adjustment of Status

To be eligible for Adjustment of Status, applicants must meet specific criteria. They must be physically present in the U.S. and have entered legally. Also, an immigrant visa must be immediately available, and the applicant must not have violated the terms of their current visa status.

The Role of Employment-Based Visas

For our clients who are employers or employees, understanding the connection between employment-based visas and Adjustment of Status is crucial. Individuals on working visas, like H-1B or L-1, often use Adjustment of Status as a step toward permanent residency, a process we at Wogwu Law are well-equipped to facilitate.

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Family-Based Adjustment of Status

Family-based petitions are another common route for Adjustment of Status. U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents can sponsor certain family members for Green Cards. This process involves proving the legitimacy of the relationship and the sponsor’s ability to support the family member.

The Application Process

The Adjustment of Status process involves several steps. It starts with filing Form I-485 with USCIS. This form requires extensive documentation, including proof of eligibility, background checks, and, in some cases, medical examinations.

The Complex Cases

Some cases are more complex, involving issues like overstaying a visa or working without authorization. Such situations require careful legal handling to address potential complications in the Adjustment of Status process.

Interview and Biometrics

Most applicants will have to attend an interview at a local USCIS office. They’ll also need to provide biometrics (fingerprints, photos, and a signature) for background checks. We prepare our clients thoroughly for these steps to avoid any surprises.

Adjustment of Status for Asylees/Refugees

Asylees and refugees also have a unique path to Adjustment of Status. One year after being granted asylum or refugee status, they can apply for a Green Card. This process has its own rules and exceptions, which we at Wogwu Law handle.

The Importance of Legal Guidance

The Adjustment of Status process is intricate and often overwhelming. Legal guidance is essential to go through the complexities. We at Wogwu Law provide personalized assistance, ensuring each application is handled with the care and attention it deserves.

Frequently Asked Questions

We address common queries like processing times, travel while an application is pending, and the impact of a criminal record on the AOS process. Our team keeps clients informed at every step.

Overcoming Denials and Delays

In cases of application denial or unexpected delays, we strategize to find the best possible solution, which may involve filing appeals or motions to reconsider. We aim to overcome obstacles and achieve a successful outcome for our clients.

Continuous Updates on Immigration Policies

Immigration laws and policies are constantly evolving. We keep our clients informed about any changes that could impact their Adjustment of Status applications, ensuring they are always one step ahead.

Adjustment of Status is a significant step toward achieving your American dream. At Wogwu Law, we’re committed to assisting you throughout this journey. If you’re seeking guidance on the Adjustment of Status process or any immigration-related matter, call us today at 919-964-5472 or contact us online for a consultation with our dedicated immigration lawyers serving clients worldwide. Let us help you in turning your aspirations into reality.

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