Adjustment of Status I-485

About the service

The Adjustment of Status Application, Form I-485, is a crucial step for individuals already in the United States who wish to become lawful permanent residents (obtain a green card). This process allows eligible applicants to adjust their immigration status to that of a lawful permanent resident without having to leave the country.

Benefits of the status/service

  • Stay in the U.S.: With the Adjustment of Status process, eligible applicants can remain in the United States while their application is pending, avoiding the need to return to their home country and potentially face lengthy separations from family and employment.
  • Work Authorization: Upon filing Form I-485, applicants may also concurrently apply for employment authorization (Form I-765), allowing them to legally work in the United States while their green card application is pending.
  • Travel Permission: Applicants for Adjustment of Status may apply for advance parole (Form I-131), which grants them permission to travel outside the United States while their application is pending without abandoning their green card application.

Why RAM Law Firm

At RAM Law Firm, we understand the significance of obtaining lawful permanent residence in the United States and the complexities involved in the Adjustment of Status process. Here’s why you should choose us to assist you with your application:

  • Experienced Immigration Attorneys: Our team of experienced immigration attorneys has a proven track record of successfully guiding clients through the Adjustment of Status process, ensuring thorough preparation and diligent representation.
  • Personalized Approach: We provide personalized legal representation tailored to your unique circumstances, addressing your concerns and questions every step of the way to ensure a smooth and efficient application process.
  • Comprehensive Support: From preparing and filing your Adjustment of Status application to accompanying you to interviews, our attorneys provide comprehensive support to maximize the chances of approval and help you achieve your immigration goals.

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Frequently Ask Questions

  • Who is eligible to apply for Adjustment of Status?

    Eligibility for Adjustment of Status varies depending on various factors such as the applicant's immigrant category, current immigration status, and compliance with immigration laws. Generally, individuals with an approved immigrant petition and a current priority date are eligible to apply.
  • Can I apply for Adjustment of Status if I entered the U.S. illegally?

    In some cases, individuals who entered the United States illegally (without inspection) may be eligible to apply for Adjustment of Status based on certain exceptions, such as through a qualifying family member or employment opportunity. It's essential to consult with an immigration attorney to explore your options.
  • How long does the Adjustment of Status process take?

    The processing time for Adjustment of Status applications can vary depending on factors such as USCIS workload, the applicant's eligibility category, and any additional requests for evidence (RFEs). On average, it can take several months to over a year for the application to be processed and approved.
  • Can I travel outside the U.S. while my Adjustment of Status application is pending?

    Applicants for Adjustment of Status may apply for advance parole (Form I-131), which grants them permission to travel outside the United States while their application is pending without abandoning their green card application. It's essential to obtain advance parole before traveling to avoid complications.
  • What happens after my Adjustment of Status application is approved?

    Upon approval of the Adjustment of Status application, applicants will receive their green card (Form I-551) in the mail, confirming their lawful permanent resident status in the United States. They will then have the rights and privileges associated with permanent residency, including the ability to live and work permanently in the U.S.
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