Applying For An Adjustment Of Status Can Feel Overwhelming

We know that immigration can be a complex and emotionally draining process. Hope can run out quickly when there are multiple ways your status in the U.S. can come under attack. If you lack a green card, you can apply for an adjustment of status to help with your transition and allow you to stay in the country. If you or your family are based in or around Cleveland or Columbus and need assistance with beginning the adjustment of status process, Rodriguez Bell & DiFranco Law Office, LLC, can help.

Compassion And Knowledge To Advocate For Your Immigration Case

As experienced immigration attorneys, we serve Ohio’s immigrant communities with compassion. We aim to help people through the complicated procedures that can feel like too much to handle alone, including how to adjust your immigration status. There are several criteria that must be met, and we can help you make the case for your eligibility.

How To Apply For A Status Adjustment

The steps to achieving a status adjustment are best handled with the guidance of an attorney who understands the experience of immigration and who can lead you through the process so you don’t miss a step. The steps below give a general feel for what you can expect in an adjustment of status:

1. You, a family member, or an employer must file a petition for you. Sometimes, you can do it yourself, but more often, a relative or employer will be responsible. There are several types of petitions to select, including family, employment, special classification, and humanitarian program petitions. A lawyer can help you determine which is best.
2. You and your attorney will need to determine whether a visa is available since only a limited number are issued each year.
3. An application using Form I-485 must be filed, depending on your specific immigration category.
4. An Application Support Center will collect your fingerprints and photograph to use for background checks and to establish your green card.
5. If you qualify for an interview, you will be required to answer questions under oath. You’ll need to bring along copies of all the documents you’ve used in your application process.
6. You’ll find out from USCIS if your petition was approved and you’ve qualified for permanent residency.

If those steps sound daunting, it’s because the process truly is complicated and can involve multiple roadblocks. A qualified attorney will let you know where things are missing or whether decisions can be appealed, as well as help you file an appeal.

Reach Out Today And Get The Immigration Help You Need

Don’t go through an immigration status adjustment alone. Call us today at 800-709-0243 so we can discuss how we can help you during this vulnerable time. You can also get in touch through our website.