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ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS
- GREEN CARD
To consult an immigration lawyer regarding applying for Adjustment
of Status to Permanent Residence (i.e., Green
Card), please call us at (626) 642-8066 or e-mail us at email@example.com.
An attorney in our office would be happy to assist you.
How Do I Become a Lawful Permanent Resident While In The United States?
An immigrant is a foreign national who has been granted the privilege
of living and working permanently in the United States. You must go through
a multi-step application process to become an immigrant. In most cases,
the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) must first approve
an immigrant petition for you, usually filed by an employer or relative.
Then, an immigrant visa number must be available to you, even if you are
already in the United States. After that, if you are already in the United
States, you may apply for adjustment of status to permanent
residence (i.e., green card).
If you are outside the United States, you will be notified to go to the
local US embassy or consulate to complete the processing for an immigrant
Where Can I Find the Law?
The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) is a law that governs immigration
in the United States. For the part of the law concerning most types of
permanent resident status,
please see INA Section 245. The specific eligibility requirements and
procedures for adjusting to permanent residence status are included in
the Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] at 8 CFR Section 245.
Will I Get a Work Permit?
Applicants for adjustment of status to permanent residence are eligible
to apply for a work permit while
their cases are pending. You do not need to apply for a work
permit once you adjust to permanent resident status. As a lawful permanent
resident, you should receive a permanent resident card that will prove
that you have a right to live and work in the United States permanently.
Can I Travel Outside the United States?
If you are applying for adjustment of status to permanent
residence, you must receive advance permission to return to the United
States if you are traveling outside the United States. This advance permission
is called Advance Parole. If you do not obtain Advance Parole before you
leave the country, you will abandon your application with USCIS and you
may not be permitted to return to the United States.
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