Adjustment of Status

Adjustment of Status

An Adjustment of Status (AOS) is an application (I-485) filed by a foreign national who is physically in the United States and wants to adjust his or her temporary (non-immigrant) status to permanent resident (immigrant) status without having to return to his or her home country. The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) permits such a change of an individuals’s immigration status if the individual was inspected, admitted, or paroled into the United States and meets all of the required qualifications for permanent residence (green card).

A foreign national who is physically outside of the United States may not apply for an Adjustment of Status. Instead, such an individual must go through Consular Processing at a U.S. Consulate in his or her home country. Applying for an Adjustment of Status signifies that the foreign national has reached the final step in getting legal U.S. permanent residence (green card). Once the AOS application is approved, the foreign national acquires permanent resident status in the United States.

If you are seeking an Adjustment of Status, please contact Somair S. Alam, Esq. at somair@alamlawgroup.com or at (646) 598-9824 for further information.