How do I adjust my status?

In order to adjust your status as a permanent resident of the United States, you will need to petition for an adjustment of status. This process can take a few months even more than a year at times. To adjust your status, you will have to take a few steps to complete the process. These steps can include biometrics, a medical examination and a formal interview.

Biometrics refers to the processes that are used to identify individuals. There needs to be a criminal background check based on your identity. Also, immigrant applicants will participate in this process. With certain crimes on your record, your process can be delayed or even prevented depending on the seriousness of the crime. During a biometrics appointment, individuals will need to get fingerprinted and photographed. This is all to prove their identity and check their background. If applicants are from developing countries and do not have the proper documentation to prove their identity, their DNA may be taken to make up for this lack of documentation. If the applicant is married to a U.S. citizen, they may have to validate their marriage through proof of documentation. Important information to remember is that if you decide to leave the U.S. during the period of time when your application is pending then this may negatively impact the process.

Other aspects of the process include a medical exam and an interview. The medical exam is in place to ensure that you are not carrying communicable diseases. During this exam, there will be a review of your immunization records and any physical or mental disorders stated in your medical history. The interview process is something that an immigration attorney can prepare you for. They can help you prepare by providing you with examples of questions you may be asked.

Since visa numbers are limited to certain family members of U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents and for employment cases, you may not receive an immigrant visa number immediately. It could take up to several years for the immigration services to approve your immigration visa petition. After that, you will then have to be provided with an immigrant visa number by the Department of State.

Who is eligible for permanent residency?

For permanent residency in the United States, you must fulfill one of the requirements. Categories can be focused on family-based citizenship, employment opportunities, refugee or asylum status or special programs. It is important to consider all your options to see what provision you fit under.

The Law Offices of Cheryl R. David practices immigration law throughout NYC. If you have questions about your particular matters regarding immigration please contact the office to discuss your circumstances and options.