If you are seeking a green card and lawful permanent resident status in the United States, there are two main courses of action you can take – adjustment of status or consular processing. To know which path is right for you and for help with the process, contact a California immigration lawyer directly.
Different individuals can qualify for a green card, which allows immigrants to live and work in the United States indefinitely and provides other important benefits. If you are already in the United States on a temporary visa (such as a tourist or student visa), you may have the option of applying for an adjustment of status to permanent resident directly with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). If you are lawfully present in the U.S. and/or meet other criteria, USCIS can adjust your status and issue you a green card directly.
If you are not in the U.S. on a nonimmigrant visa, or meet other specific exceptions in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), you must seek your green card through the U.S. consulate in a foreign country before you enter. You must establish your eligibility for a green card and, in most cases, wait until your green card is approved and you receive your Visa Packet before you enter the United States.
There is no one-size-fits-all immigration solution for everyone who wants to obtain a green card, and an attorney will need to review your circumstances before advising whether you should seek an adjustment of status from within the U.S. or consular processing in a foreign country. The following are some considerations:
The processes are different, but the end result can be the same. Discuss how to best apply for your green card with an experienced lawyer today.
When deciding whether to apply for a green card through consular processing or adjustment of status, it is not always easy to tell which one will be best, or even possible, for every individual. What will be best for you will be highly dependent on your specific circumstances. Contact us or call our office today here at Miranda, Magden & Miranda, LLP, to schedule a consultation with a Monterey immigration lawyer today that can evaluate your case.
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