3 Things to Know about Adjustment of Status and Green Cards

U.S. immigration laws are complex, and it is important to get help from an immigration attorney to make sure your application for a green card is complete and handled correctly.

Here are some essential things to know about adjustment of status and green cards.

1. The legal process of getting a green card is called adjustment of status - or AOS.

Adjustment of status allows you to become a lawful permanent resident without having to go back to your home country for visa processing.

When you get a green card, you officially have immigration benefits, including permission to reside and work in the United States.

2. Most petitions for green cards are family-based or employment-based.

With family-based adjustment of status, a relative who is already a permanent resident or U.S. citizen must file the immigration petition on your behalf.

With employment-based adjustment of status, a U.S. employer must file the immigration petition on your behalf.

Again, it is important to have an experienced immigration lawyer guide you through the process. Mistakes are easy to make, and a lawyer can help you avoid them.

3. If your petition for a green card is denied, you may have the right to appeal.

Not every denial of a green card can be appealed, but if the denial can be appealed, you generally need to file the appeal within 30 days of when the decision was served.

An immigration attorney, preferably one who is bilingual, can help you through the process, answer any questions you have, and explain your options.

Sanchez Law Group helps individuals and families with immigration issues in Yuma, Arizona, and the surrounding areas.

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