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Adjustment of status is used to describe the process of seeking lawful status in the United States as a permanent resident. Both individuals within and outside of U.S. borders may be eligible to apply for an adjustment of their immigrant status.

No matter the grounds on which you want to base a change in your immigration status, going forward with your petition without a knowledgeable green card attorney is not recommended. By working with an experienced Washington DC adjustment of status lawyer, you could give yourself much better chances of progressing through the application process smoothly and getting the final outcome you want.

Qualifying for Adjustment of Status

Before someone can successfully apply for adjustment of status, an immigrant must demonstrate that they fit into one of the categories designated by USCIS for prospective green card recipients. The most common ways in which individuals become eligible for green cards are through a family member already living here as a citizen or a legal permanent resident, or through a company that intends to employ the applicant full-time.

Both of these categories require the person seeking an adjustment of status to be formally sponsored by a family member or prospective employer. However, certain categories of immigrants can seek adjustment of status without a sponsor’s assistance, including:

A Washington DC attorney could discuss on a case-by-case basis how a particular person could go about seeking an adjustment of status.

Basic Steps in the Application Process in Washington DC

People seeking adjustment of status must first acquire the appropriate immigrant visa. Different visas and procedures are necessary for different applicants. For example, individuals sponsored by family members or employers must have their sponsor respectively file Form I-130 or Form I-140 on their behalf, whereas individuals seeking adjustment of status through asylum may file Form I-589 on their own behalf.

Once an applicant lawfully enters the U.S. with a qualifying visa, they may file Form I-485 to formally begin the process of adjusting their status and becoming a legal permanent resident. Most applicants for an adjustment of status must also complete biometrics screening at an Application Support Center and/or participate in an interview process, both of which a lawyer in Washington DC could provide guidance on.

A Washington DC Adjustment of Status Attorney Could Help

Efficiently getting through the process of changing your immigrant status can be far from a simple task. You may need to seek sponsorship from another individual, submit substantial information and documentation to USCIS, and wait several months for a verdict even after completing in-person screenings and interviews. A single mishap or omission at any point during those proceedings could lead to your petition being denied.

Fortunately, assistance is available from a seasoned Washington DC adjustment of status lawyer. Schedule your consultation with an attorney from Hacking Immigration Law, LLC today.

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Navigating the maze of U.S. immigration law can be tricky for anybody, especially if English is your second language or you have unique circumstances motivating you to move here. Fortunately, if you are unsure about any areas of immigration or the naturalization process, help through an immigration lawyer (Washington DC) is available at the Hacking Immigration Law LLC.

Retaining one of our dedicated Washington DC immigration lawyers could help you both with USCIS and other U.S. immigration authorities. To find out how immigration attorneys could help you with your specific case, call us today to schedule a consultation.
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Does paying for premium processing on an H1B case mean I will find out sooner if our case was selected in the lottery?

Premium processing is an add-on service that USCIS offers for a variety of immigration cases, primarily in the employment-based visa categories.Premium processing costs an additional $1225 in USCIS filing fees.

What is the H-1B visa lottery and how does it work?

In 2014, USCIS received more than 172,000 H-1B visa applications on the April 1st deadline, exceeding Congress’s cap by 87,000 applications.

Can an Unmarried Son or Daughter of a Lawful Permanent Resident Keep Their F2B Visa Classification After Their Sponsoring Parent Naturalizes?

The immigration laws treat the adult, unmarried children of citizens differently than the adult, unmarried children of lawful permanent residents.

What is the "newspaper of general circulation" for PERM job postings?

The Department of Labor requires employers to advertise positions that they intend to submit a PERM application on to publish the job position in the local newspaper of general circulation.

Can I Apply for Citizenship with an Expired Green Card?

In the past, USCIS and some immigration attorneys believed that you could not become a naturalized citizen if you did not have a valid green card (LPR) card to bring with you to your naturalization interview.

Is there such a thing as expedited removal of an immigrant and, if so, what is it?

Most people believe that removal orders or “deportation” orders only happen when you go to the immigration court and see an immigration judge. Unfortunately, this is not the case.

Does testing positive for HIV make someone inadmissible to the United States?

On January 4, 2010, the United States officially removed Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection from the list of “communicable diseases of public health significance” that make an individual ineligible for admission to the United States.

Are there any special visas for translators who assisted US forces in Afghanistan or Iraq?

Under United States immigration law, there are two Special Immigrant Visas available for Iraqi citizens or nationals who have worked for the United States.