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Adjustment of Status

There are a variety of ways for people to apply for a Lawful Permanent Resident status. Adjustment of status is the process that you can use to apply for a Green Card when you are present in the United States. This means that you may get permanent residence without having to return to your home country to complete visa processing.


The eligibility requirements for adjustment of status may vary depending on the immigrant category you are applying under. 


Family Members

Immediate relatives (Spouse, unmarried child under age of 21, or parent of U.S. Citizen).


Other relatives of a U.S. citizen (unmarried son or daughter over 21 years, married son or daughter, and brother or sister who is 21 years old)


Family members of lawful permanent resident (spouse or unmarried child under 21 years)



A person admitted to the U.S. as a fiancé of a U.S. citizen (K-1 nonimmigrant), or a person admitted to the U.S. as the child of a fiancé of a U.S. citizen (K-2 nonimmigrant)


Immigrant Worker

As a first preference immigrant worker you have extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business or athletics, are an outstanding professor or researcher, or  are a multinational manager or executive who meets certain criteria . There are second and third preference categories as well.


Asylum or Refugee Status

You were granted asylum or admitted as a refugee at least one year ago


Human Trafficking and Crime Victims

You currently have a T or U nonimmigrant visa.


Victims of Abuse

VAWA victim of battery or extreme cruelty: the abuse he abused spouse of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident. The abused child (unmarried and under 21 years old) of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident. The abused parent of a U.S. citizen 


Special immigrant juvenile: A child who has been abused, abandoned, or neglected by a parent who has SIJ status.

Request a Consultation with our San Diego Immigration Attorney to find our more information and determine your eligibility.

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