Chicago Adjustment of Status Lawyers
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How It Works$3,200Get startedAOS -$3,200Get startedConsular - $2,900Get started
Step 1: Initial Consultation with SimVisa
Step 2: SimVisa Fills Out Your Immigration Applications
Step 3: SimVisa Prepares Application Package with Evidence
Step 4: A SimVisa Attorney Reviews Your Application Package
Step 5: SimVisa Submits an Application to USCIS For You
Step 6: SImVisa Handles All Communications with USCIS
Step 7: SimVisa Monitors Your Case From Start To Finish
Have you started your application and then gotten confused? Are you worried you might make a mistake or leave out important supporting documents? SimVisa is the solution. We understand you might want to save on lawyer fees and file on your own. You can relax because SimVisa will prepare your application under the supervision of an immigration attorney. You will even get a one hour video conference with an immigration attorney after SimVisa prepares your forms.
How It Works$1,100Get started
Step 1: SimVisa collected information and documents from you through our online portal
Step 2: Simvisa fills out your forms and prepares your supporting documents
Step 3: A SimVisa immigration attorney goes over your filled-out application and supporting documents with you (1-hour video consultation)
Step 4: Simvisa finalizes your packet with attorney approval
Step 5: We deliver your packet to your door
Step 6: You file with USCIS
All You Need to Know
What Is Adjustment of Status?
Adjustment of status is a process by which you may apply to become a permanent resident (green card holder) without leaving the United States. Often, an individual who is seeking permanent resident status must do so through consular processing, which occurs outside of the country. However, adjustment of status allows the applicant to remain in the country under certain conditions.
Adjustment of status (AOS) not only allows the applicant to remain in the country while their green card application is being processed, but it also allows an applicant to engage in gainful employment and reside with family members. AOS also allows an applicant to apply for permission to leave the United States while awaiting a decision regarding their application for permanent residence.
Benefits of Adjustment of Status
There are many benefits that come with an AOS. They include:
- Legal status: Adjustment of status permits you to pursue legal residency while within the United States;
- Reside with family: You may live with immediate family members who are lawful permanent residents or citizens of the U.S;
- Work permission: After your application for AOS has been pending for 180 days, you may potentially apply for and receive a work permit;
- Permission to travel: You can travel outside of the U.S. without repercussions if you have been granted advanced parole or a travel document;
- Social benefits: Lawful permanent residents can avail themselves of various social benefits, such as education, healthcare, and Social Security benefits;
- Path to citizenship: For many, AOS is a crucial step on the way toward becoming naturalized citizens;
- Educational opportunities: Educational opportunities, like scholarships and in-state tuition, are available for green card holders;
- Career advancement: Once you have a green card, opportunities for career advancement will open up;
- Sponsor family members: When you have a green card, you are eligible to sponsor other family members to come to the United States;
- Stability and security: With a successful AOS, you will experience stability and security from knowing you are legally in the country and safe from deportation.
To learn more about the benefits, give us a call at SimVisa anytime.
Who Is Eligible for an Adjustment of Status?
An adjustment of status is available for those individuals who meet the following requirements:
- Physically present in the united states: The applicant must reside in the U.S., or they will be considered ineligible for adjustment of status;
- Legal entry into the united states: An applicant who is seeking permanent resident status and AOS must have arrived legally in the United States and have been "inspected." Proof of legal entry and inspections include a stamped passport or stamped immigration form;
- No circumstance changes: If the circumstances of your case change, your eligibility to apply for AOS may have changed. For example, if an applicant divorces their sponsor, they may become ineligible to receive an adjustment of status. Another example is when an employer sponsors an alien for a work visa but eventually ends up not hiring them for whatever reason;
- No criminal record: A criminal record can and will seriously jeopardize an applicant's ability to apply for and receive AOS.
If you are unsure whether you are eligible, please contact an experienced immigration lawyer at SimVisa to learn about your options.
Adjustment of Status Process
The adjustment of status process is a convenient way for certain visa applicants to remain in the United States while they are seeking permanent resident status.
The following is a brief overview of the steps involved in a typical adjustment of a status case.
- Review eligibility: Confirm that you are indeed eligible for adjustment of status, which requires that you have family or employer sponsorship as well as maintain a qualifying immigration status;
- File the immigration petition: The next step involves the filing of an immigrant petition by you or a family member, depending on your eligibility category;
- Collect required documents: Gather the documents that will be necessary for your cases, including IDs, proof of familial relationship or marriage, medical exam results, and employment verification documents;
- Fill out and submit form I-485: Form I-485 is the Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status and must be completed and filed with the appropriate fee with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS);
- Attend your biometrics appointment: Once your application has been submitted, you will be required to attend a biometrics appointment, where your fingerprints, signature, and photo will be taken for a background check;
- Sit for an interview (if relevant): Some applicants are required to sit for an interview with the USCIS. If you are called to do so, prepare with an attorney beforehand and bring all documents relevant to your application;
- Await USCIS decision: After your application, biometrics, and interview (if applicable) are complete, you will receive a USCIS decision regarding the adjustment of status. An approval means you will receive a green card. If the USCIS needs more info, you will receive a request for evidence (RFE);
- Appeal or reapply if denied: In the event that your application is denied, you will likely have the option to appeal or reapply, depending on the circumstances surrounding your denial.
Always remember that the AOS process can be complex and is unforgiving of mistakes. Mistakes can lead to denial of your application or at least a major delay. Seeking help from an experienced immigration lawyer will help you avoid mistakes on the way to acquiring lawful permanent residence.
How SimVisa Immigration Lawyers Can Help You
Are you seeking an adjustment of status and not sure what to do next? Don't panic. It is normal for applicants to be confused; immigration laws are complex. But remember that when you choose SimVisa, we help you at every stage of the process so you get it right the first time, saving you time and money and sparing you disappointment and stress.
Some of the essential tasks we engage in for your case include:
- Evaluation of your case and assessment of your eligibility;
- Thorough and comprehensive document preparation and review;
- Guidance in identifying and gathering evidence to support your case;
- Assistance with filling out forms and submitting them correctly;
- Representation during and preparation for USCIS interviews;
- Handling and responding to requests for evidence (RFE);
- Review and appeal your case if it is denied;
- Client support and updates on the progress of your case.
Delays and rejections are common among those who try to go through an adjustment of status alone. Why not get it right the first time? Choose SimVisa to help you with the adjustment of status. Although results can never be guaranteed, we have a 99% success rate with our immigration services.
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Why Choose Our Chicago Adjustment of Status Lawyers?
When it comes to immigration affairs, results matter. At SimVisa, our adjustment of status attorneys has a success rate of 99% because they are meticulous in the preparation of clients' cases and work diligently for the most optimal outcome.
When SimVisa takes your case, you get an immigration law firm with:
- Extensive experience in immigration law and serving clients in Chicago;
- Deep experience and knowledge of AOS issues;
- A successful track record of managing AOS cases;
- Legal services and support specifically tailored for each client;
- Fierce representation and effective communication with USCIS representatives.
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FAQs About Adjustment of Status
Our clients have a lot of questions. Here are the answers to some of those most frequently asked.
Can I apply for an adjustment of status while in the United States on a tourist visa?
No. Individuals who have entered the United States on a tourist visa cannot generally apply for an adjustment of status. AOS is only available to those who have procured an eligible sponsor, such as a family member or an employer.
How long does the adjustment of the status process typically take?
It varies from case to case. Generally, it takes several months but can take up to a year. The USCIS caseload, the specific factors of your case, and other factors play a role in how long it takes.
What documents are required for an adjustment of the status application?
The documents you need for your AOS application depend on the circumstances of your case. However, most applicants, regardless of their situation, need identification documents, employment verification documents, proof of relationship, and the results of their medical examination. Before heading to your appointment, speak with an attorney to ensure you have the documents you need.
Can I work or travel while my adjustment of status application Is pending?
Potentially, yes. After filing Form I-485, you may be eligible to seek permission to work by filing Form I-765 if your application has been pending for over 180 days. If you need to travel outside the country, you can seek permission, which is known as advance parole. To obtain advance parole, you must fill out Form I-131.
What happens if my adjustment of status application is denied?
Upon receiving a denial for adjustment of status, the story may not be over. You may be able to apply for an appeal or reconsideration of your application, depending on the reasons your application was denied. Speaking with an adjustment of a status lawyer is crucial for success.
Is it necessary to attend an interview for an adjustment of status?
For many, an interview for adjustment of status is required for the purpose of verifying an applicant's information and assessing their eligibility. If you must attend an interview, make sure to bring all necessary documents. You may also want to speak with an attorney before going.
Can I include my spouse and children in my adjustment of status application?
Yes. If they meet eligibility requirements, your current spouse and unmarried children below the age of 21 may be listed as derivative beneficiaries on your application for adjustment of status.
Can I apply for an adjustment of status if I have overstayed my visa?
Limited circumstances may allow you to apply for an adjustment of status if you have overstayed your visa. In many cases, however, overstaying can result in consequences that have a negative effect on your eligibility. Speaking with an immigration lawyer about your immigrant status will help you make the most beneficial choices for your case.
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