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What steps are involved in the adjustment of status process?

Many people enter the United States on various types of visas. However, they may come to feel that this country could act as their new permanent home. Of course, individuals cannot simply choose to live in California or other states without following the proper steps, including working toward an adjustment of status that allows them to pursue a green card.

There are many steps involved in the adjustment of status process, and any mistake could throw someone's attempts of obtaining permanent residency off track. Individuals will need to determine what immigrant category they need to apply under and what that category requires for moving forward with the process. An immigrant petition and a green card application must also be completed. Paperwork plays an important role in this process, and parties need to make sure that these forms and any others are completed properly.

An interview with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services may be required. Many people worry about this part of the process, but if individuals prepare and answer any asked questions honestly, they will likely move through the interview easily. After this interview and sending in any additional evidence requested, parties must then wait to receive the decision regarding their status.

Because the adjustment of status process can be a complex and long one to complete, many people may find it beneficial to seek help throughout the process. Fortunately, there are legal professionals in California who can help interested parties move forward. People interested in making the United States their place of permanent residency may feel more confident with this type of assistance.

Source: uscis.gov, "Adjustment of Status", Accessed on May 24, 2018

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