IMMIGRATION HELP PHILADELPHIA
Adjustment of Status
When an eligible individual who is already in the United States is permitted to become a permanent resident, they would file for an adjustment of status. The qualified individual will be able to do this while in the United States without having to return to their home country. There are a number of ways a person can become eligible to file for adjustment of status, and the first step is to see if you qualify. Some possible ways to qualify are based on family, where an immediate relative files a Petition for Alien Relative form for you.
Another possibility is through employment, where the employer files a Petition for Alien Worker. In these cases, your relative or employer will fire certain paperwork petitioning for you, but you are also required to file the proper adjustment of status paperwork for yourself. There are a few other cases where you may qualify for adjustment of status, and we can help you determine if you are eligible to become a permanent resident. If it is determined that you are eligible, we can help you with the application process. Once it is determined that you are eligible for adjustment of status, the next step is to file the proper documentation. The paperwork that needs to be filed will depend on which category you fall into that makes you eligible to become a permanent resident.
After all of your documentation is filed, you will then receive a notice telling you when and where to appear for your biometrics appointment. Your biometrics appointment is where you will have your fingerprints taken, and you will most likely get your picture and signature taken as well. After the biometrics appointment, you will receive a notice for your interview stating when and where the interview is going to take place. At the interview, you must have all of the original documentation that you submitted when you applied for adjustment of status.
As qualified and experienced immigration consultants, this is also something we can help you with. We will make sure you arrive at your interview with the proper documentation, and make sure you know what to expect throughout the process. Once your interview is finished and your application process is complete, you will receive a final decision in the mail. Regardless of the decision, you will always receive it in writing in the mail. This is not a quick process and will likely take many months. Throughout this process, you will be able to check the status of your application online.
If for some reason your application for adjustment of status is denied, you may be able to appeal the decision. If you are able to appeal the decision, it must be done within 30 days of when you received the decision. It may also be possible to file a motion to reopen or a motion to reconsider. Since not every decision can be appealed, it’s important to have someone helping you throughout this process, as it can be confusing if you have never experienced it before.