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Knowing filing dates is important for adjustment of status

It is common for immigrants to come to California and other parts of the United States and want to make the country their permanent home. Of course, making this decision does not automatically mean that individuals can remain in the country. In order to obtain permanent residency, parties often need to go through the necessary adjustment of status proceedings to reach their desired goals.

There are two common ways in which people can adjust their status, and those include family-sponsored adjustment and employment-based preference visas. With family-sponsored adjustment, an immediate relative would need to file the appropriate petition, in this case Form I-130, with the U.S. Customs and Immigration Services. The person seeking the adjustment would also need to file Form I-485, which is the application to adjust status. With family immigration, the two forms can be filed on the same date.

With employment-based sponsorship, finding the date to file the adjustment of status application differs than with family sponsorship. An employer would need to file a petition, and the person seeking adjustment would need to determine his or her priority date. In many cases, that date is the same as when the Department of Labor accepts a labor certification for processing.

Finding the right forms and dates and having the right person file on one's behalf can be immensely challenging. Many California residents may want to go through the adjustment of status process but feel uncertain about what steps are the right ones. Fortunately, experienced immigration law attorneys can help concerned parties along the way.

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