Adjusting Your Immigration Status?
Simplify the Process with a Columbus Immigration Lawyer
The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) allows certain eligible non-immigrant visitors to the United States to apply for a change to permanent immigrant status through an "adjustment of status" (AOS). To adjust status, the applicant must prove that he or she was inspected and admitted or paroled into the United States and is able to meet all requirements under the INA.
Most individuals gain eligibility for permanent residency through:
- A petition filed by a family member
- A petition filed by a U.S. employer
- Obtaining refugee or asylum status
- Other special provisions
At Brown Immigration Law, our experienced team of Columbus adjustment of status attorneys will work closely with you to evaluate your eligibility and identify the most appropriate pathway to lawful permanent residency through adjustment of status. Our firm provides comprehensive representation throughout the entire adjustment of status process – from the preparation and filing stage through obtaining final approval.
The Adjustment of Status process can include:
- Petition for Immigration - Once your basis to immigrate has been established, an immigrant visa must be filed on your behalf. In certain cases, you may file the immigrant visa petition at the same time as the application for adjustment of status. However, in many instances, your immigration petition must be approved before you can adjust status.
- Availability of Visas - To file for adjustment of status, there must be a visa available in the category for which you qualify. Our firm can help you verify whether a visa is immediately available to you.
- Form I-485 - USCIS Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residency or Adjust Status must be completed and filed at the appropriate time according to your immigrant category. Form I-485 must be meticulously completed and requires additional documentation and evidence. Additionally, some immigrant visa categories may require additional USCIS forms to finalize the AOS filing package. As errors or mistakes can delay or prevent the approval of your adjustment application, obtaining the representation and guidance of an experienced immigration attorney can ensure that your filing is prepared correctly and meets all USCIS specifications.
- Appearing at an Application Support Center - After filing your AOS application, USCIS will schedule you to appear for a biometrics collection appointment at the local office. The data collected is used to conduct detailed security and background checks.
- Interview at the USCIS Office - USCIS may require your appearance at an interview with a USCIS Officer to review your case and determine your eligibility to adjust status. At the interview, you must answer questions regarding your application under oath and provide for inspection all documentation submitted during the application process.
- Final Decision - Once the USCIS Officer has adjudicated your application, you will be notified of the final decision in writing in the mail.
- Denial Appeals - If your immigrant visa petition is challenged or denied, our firm can evaluate your appeal options and prepare the strongest case possible.
Brown Immigration Law Offers Nearly 70 Years of Experience
Given the complexity of the adjustment of status process, obtaining the legal services of an experienced Columbus adjustment of status attorney will allow you to navigate the process with confidence and peace of mind. At Brown Immigration Law, our firm has successfully represented countless satisfied clients through the adjustment process for decades. We are ranked among the top 2.5% of all attorneys in Ohio and have been AV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest available recognition from our legal peers.