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Adjustment of status is the process that you can use to apply for lawful permanent resident status (also known as applying for a Green Card) when you are present in the United States.

Become a Legal Permanent Resident 

Pathways provides assistance with family based adjustment of status. Family-based adjustment of status means transitioning from a non-immigrant visa to permanent residency with the help of a family member or immediate relative.

For example, If you’re a foreign national who came to the U.S. on a student visa, and then you fell in love and married an American citizen, you can apply for adjustment of status, with your spouse as your sponsor, subject to the fulfillment of other immigration conditions. The benefit of family-based immigration is that there’s more certainty of a positive outcome. Generally, immediate family members of citizens and green card holders, such as spouses, parents, children under 21 years old, and in some cases, siblings, can benefit from this procedure.

The family-based Adjustment of Status procedure usually begins by filing immigration Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This form is completed and filed by the sponsor on behalf of the intended immigrant.


Once the petition is approved, the applicant can file Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status. This form is usually submitted after the USCIS approves Form I-130, but at Pathways, we file both application simultaneously. 

Our Legal Director, Morgan Principi, oversees all of our adjustment of status cases and prepares each case with proactive evidence in order to secure a fast positive decision. For more information on adjustment, click here. An ineligible immigrant filing for adjustment could open themselves up for devastating immigration consequences. Please schedule a legal consultation with us or another trusted legal immigration service to see if you qualify.


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