Adjustment of Status Lawyer in Austin, TX
Serving Austin, Texas, Clients Nationwide & Abroad
Adjustment of status is the process of applying for lawful permanent residency
when you are already present inside the United States. Under this process,
you can apply for a green card without having to leave the U.S. At Zavala
Law, PLLC, our Austin adjustment of status attorney provides experienced
legal help in handling this process. Together with over 34 years of experience
our team has helped hundreds of individuals obtain green cards through
the adjustment of status process.
Zavala Law, PLLC primarily practices immigration law; that means we have
a deep understanding of the statutes, their evolving nature, immigration
procedures, and the challenges you face when undergoing the immigration
process. You may encounter many obstacles and contingencies as your case
moves through the system. Our legal team is familiar with them all and
can help monitor your progress, resolve problems, and avoid any pitfalls.
Want to get started with your adjustment of status? Phone us at
(512) 488-3970 or
request your consultation online.
Requesting a Green Card Through an Adjustment of Status
In order to adjust your status from a nonimmigrant to a green card holder,
you must be eligible to apply under one of the many categories provided
by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
These categories include:
- You are the immediate relative or other family member of a U.S. citizen.
- You are the relative of a current lawful permanent resident (green card holder).
- You are the fiancé(e) of a U.S. citizen or the fiancé(e)’s child.
- You are the widow(er) of a U.S. citizen.
- You are an immigrant worker or professional.
- You are the victim of battery or extreme cruelty.
- You are a refugee or asylum-seeker.
- You are a victim of human trafficking or a crime.
- You are a special immigrant, such as a religious worker, juvenile needing
protection, international broadcaster, or other immigrant that falls into
this specialized category.
Under these categories, the adjustment of status process may vary. However,
in most categories, you will need to file two forms. These include an
immigrant petition as well as a green card application. Another person
will generally need to file the petition on your behalf; this is the person
who will be sponsoring you or petitioning for you through the process.
Sponsors commonly include family members or an employer for those who
are immigrant workers or professionals. In some cases, depending on the
category, you may be able to file the forms yourself.
Your immigrant petition must generally be approved by the USCIS before
you can submit your application for a green card. Only when a visa becomes
available in your category will you be able to file the form for a green
card. Once that process occurs, your next steps will involve appearing
for an appointment with an immigration official who will interview you
and verify all of your documentation followed by an appointment for obtaining
your biometrics, such as your photograph, fingerprints, and signature.
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