Adjustment of Status

Q. I have Temporary Protected Status (TPS) right now since I am from El Salvador, but I just got married to a U.S. citizen. I would like to know what is the next step in order to obtain my green card? -Maria Tobar

April 20, 2012 | Adjustment of Status, Family Petition, Temporary Protected Status

A. If you entered legally, you qualify to adjust status, that is, interview here. Your husband can petition for you and in the same envelope, you can submit your application for permanent residence. If you entered the United States without speaking to an immigration officer, you have two possibilities. You can travel home with what […]

Q. Can a child who came in with a humanitarian visa and is being petitioned by his/her resident mother apply for adjustment of status, or will this child have to go back to his/her country to get a green card? -Name withheld

March 16, 2012 | Adjustment of Status, Family Petition, Immigrant Visas, Legal Permanent Residents (LPR)

A. Adjustment of status is a process that allows an individual who is already present in the United States to apply for permanent residence and receive it without leaving the country. Though there are many exceptions, in order to qualify for adjustment of status, an individual generally must meet three criteria: He/she must have a […]

Q. My uncle has filed an I-130 petition for his daughter who is over 21, married, and has children. I know the law says the process can take up to 10 years. Can he apply for a visitor’s visa and adjust her status while the I-130 petition is processing? In addition, can this process speed up as a result of my uncle’s disability and his age?

February 17, 2012 | Adjustment of Status, Family Petition, Immigrant Visas

A. It is unlikely the daughter will get a visitor’s visa while she is waiting to process for an immigrant visa. Even if she got the visa, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services might not let her stay here legally until she gets to the front of the line for her immigrant visa. If she stays […]