Adjustment of status provides a legal means for an immigrant in the United States to convert their visa to a green card to become permanent legal residents. The process can feel daunting, especially if you try to do it alone. Seeking legal support can help you avoid some of the most common challenges of status adjustment.
Here are a few things to consider when you are ready to seek an adjustment of status.
Make sure your current status is legal
Adjustment of status only applies when the applicant’s current status in the country is legal. If you arrived in the country without documentation or already overstayed your visa, you may not qualify. If your visa is still valid and you have legal documentation of your status, you can apply for adjustment.
Be completely honest in your application and interview
Answer all of your application questions honestly when submitting your adjustment application. If a question is unclear, discuss it with your attorney before answering. Honesty is important in your adjustment interview as well. Any inaccuracies or false statements in the interview or on your application may lead to denial.
Avoid moving until you receive your decision
Although you can notify USCIS of your new address after a move, you risk information crossing in the mail or an administrative oversight sending hearing notices, interview appointments and other timely information to the wrong address. A missed appointment may lead to denial, so stay put until you receive a decision.
Careful preparation and understanding help make your status adjustment application process easier.