If you are a foreign national living in Kentucky and hoping to live the rest of your life in the U.S., you may be trying to navigate the immigration system to find the best route to become a permanent resident or citizen. Immigration laws can be very complex, and you may not be familiar with many of the different words and phrases that are contained in these laws. For example, what is an adjustment of status?

Many non-citizens who are living and working in the United States are dismayed to learn that they may have to return to their country of origin to continue with the U.S. immigration process. However, there is an alternative that may be available for certain applicants. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, an adjustment of status is the manner by which you might be able to apply for lawful permanent resident status or a green card without leaving the country to do so.

There are certain restrictions that limit who can use this process. You must:

  • Meet the requirements for a green card
  • Remain in the country while the application is pending
  • Have entered the country lawfully

Also, if you have met the green card eligibility due to either your family or your employment, an approved visa petition is required to already be on file for you (form I-130 or I-140). And, there must be current availability of visa numbers for you to receive an adjustment of status.

This information is provided solely for informational purposes and should not be considered legal advice.