Determining eligibility for Adjustment of Status to obtain green card

| Mar 17, 2021 | Adjustment of Status

If you are an immigrant who currently resides in Texas, or one of the other 50 states, you may be interested in applying for a green card. This can be done through a process known as an Adjustment of Status. In order to be eligible for this process, you must currently reside within the United States. Otherwise, you would have to apply through your local consulate.

Ensure you qualify for green card status

Before you even attempt to file for an Adjustment of Status, you need to first be eligible for a green card. There are various eligibility requirements that can be found on the USCIS website. If you meet all the qualifications for a traditional green card, then you can apply to have an Adjustment of Status. This is done by filing official Form I-485, which is available online.

Attend your biometrics services appointment

Once you file Form I-485, you’ll be mailed a notice. This notice will be for setting an appointment time for your biometrics services appointment. You’ll attend this appointment at your local Application Support Center. During this appointment, you’ll be fingerprinted, photographed, and your signature recorded. This information will help to verify your identity and allow for security and background checks.

Attend your interview

Once USCIS reviews your case file for green card status, they may want you to undergo an interview. This is not always necessary. If USCIS determines that they want you to attend an interview, they’ll mail you a notice with a date, time and location of the interview.

If you’re living in the United States and are interested in undergoing naturalization, then you’ll need to file for an Adjustment of Status as part of the process. When approved, this will grant you a green card. Realize that once you become eligible for a green card, it’s a good idea to apply as soon as possible as the process can take some time to complete.