Can I adjust my status to become a permanent resident in the US?

New Jersey Adjustment of Status Attorneys

Foreign nationals who qualify to become a permanent resident may be able to obtain a green card without having to leave the United States. The process of doing this is known as an adjustment of status. The foreign national who is applying for the adjustment status, he or she is also applying for a work permit (EAD) and a travel permit, if the applicant is considered eligible. The main factor towards applying for an adjustment of status is that the applicant must be in the country legally and has done nothing to jeopardize or violate their immigration status.

But, like with most laws, there are some exceptions. For example, section 245(i) states that certain persons with old priority dates can pay a penalty fee to adjust their status, even if they have entered the country illegally or have violated their non-immigrant status. Another example is section 245(k) which allows the applicant who is applying and also plan to be pursuing an employment-based immigrant visa petition, can be eligible for the adjustment of status. The only requirement to follow under this section of law is that the applicant can not be out of status for over 180 days. Applicants who have immediate relatives who are US citizens may also receive an adjustment of status, as long as they entered the country legally. They may even not have to pay a penalty fee if they overstayed their visa.

As you can see, having an experienced adjustment of status attorney is a worthwhile investment as it can possibly save you from paying penalty fees, or getting denied. At the Law Offices of Jef Henninger, Esq., the highly skilled, tenacious adjustment of status lawyers in our law firm will fight for your right to stay in the country and help you become a legal permanent citizen. Reach out to our Somerville adjustment of status lawyer any time, even on nights and weekends, and schedule a free initial consultation at 732-383-6242.

Posted on March 28, 2013, in Articles and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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