Adjustment of Status
Ways to Change Immigration Status
Adjustment of Status: for eligible individuals in the United States that can receive lawful permanent resident status (i.e., a green card) without having to return to their home countries to complete visa processing
Consular processing: for individuals outside the United States (or who is in the United States but is ineligible to adjust status) to obtain a visa abroad and enter the United States as a permanent resident
Immigration law permits an individual to change his or her status while in the United States from nonimmigrant or parolee (temporary) to immigrant status if the individual was inspected or admitted or paroled into the United States and meets all criteria for receiving a green card (i.e., lawful permanent residence) for that given category.
Most immigrants become eligible for permanent residence through a family- or employer-based petition. There are also other special categories through which one can obtain a green card (e.g., refugee or asylum status, special immigrant juvenile status, and a number of other special immigrant classes and programs).
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