Green Card And Adjustment Of Status in Portland, OR
Adjustment of Status is the procedure used to change from a nonimmigrant status to an immigrant status without leaving the U.S. Those who adjust status become a lawful U.S. Permanent Resident.
Before applying for adjustment of status, there are two aspects which the alien must understand.
- The alien who entered the United States must do so legally, after having been inspected, admitted, or paroled into the country. An alien who entered the United States without inspection , is not eligible for adjustment and must pursue visa processing at a consulate, even if his status is an “immediate relative” of a U.S. citizen.
- Any past violation of U.S. immigration status , including an overstay or unauthorized employment, may disqualify most aliens from adjustment of status.
If you enter the country with a valid visa, you can stay here legally for up to six months or longer. During this time you may decide to apply for a permanent visa as a result of your marriage to a U.S. Citizen. For this you will have to go through the adjustment of status process. Some benefits you will receive after applying for adjustment of status are:
- You have legal permission to stay in USA while the application is in process.
- You have permission to work in United States while your case is pending, and will receive an Employment Authorization Document (EAD)
- The applicant can travel between US and other countries. This travel document you will receive is known as an Advance Parole.
The process of applying for permanent residence after marriage can be complicated, and mistakes can often result in legal status problems and even deportation.
If there has been illegal presence in the U.S. by the immigrant, a waiver may be applied for in many cases which may allow the applicant to obtain a marriage visa and a decision on admissibility before their interview.
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