Understanding the adjustment of status process can be important for those looking to adjust their immigration status. Individuals who lack lawful permanent resident status, or green card, can remain in the United States through the adjustment of status process provided they meet certain necessary criteria. Those seeking to do so should be familiar with the adjustment of status process.

The adjustment of status process involves a nonimmigrant visa holder converting to immigrant status and obtaining a green card so they can enjoy lawful permanent residence in the U.S. With few exceptions, to be eligible to seek immigrant status, individuals must be physically present in the country and have entered it legally. Eligibility to adjust status is based on the individual’s basis to immigrate such as if it is family-based, employment-based, based on participation in a humanitarian program or some other special case.

The steps involved in the adjustment of status process include filing a petition for an adjustment of status; checking the availability for a visa; filing an application to register permanent residency or adjust status; submitting a photograph and fingerprinting; submitting to an interview if required; and then waiting for a final decision on their adjustment of status application.

Successfully obtaining an adjustment of status can be important to many individuals who are living in the U.S. and are seeking lawful permanent resident status. It is valuable for individuals in that situation to be familiar with process and how it can help them obtain the adjustment of status they are seeking.