Congratulations! You just got married and now you want to solidify the status of both you and your spouse in the United States. To do this, you must go through an adjustment of status process.
Unfortunately, the adjustment of status process in the United States is not always as easy as it should be. In some cases, you may not be able to stay in the United States while your application is processed. This can separate you from your family, and may cost you your job. If you have to leave the United States while your application is filed, you must apply for a green card from your home country and go through consular processing.
If you are able to stay in the United States, there is a number of benefits. In addition to avoiding separation from the person you love and being able to keep your job, you may also have moral support from your spouse during the interview with immigration officials. In addition, you can bring your Texas immigration lawyer with you to meetings, which can be enormously beneficial if there are any impediments with your case, such as a criminal conviction.
When you file your paperwork, here is the process you can expect for an adjustment of status in Texas:
- The American spouse must file a petition under Form I-130 declaring that he or she would like to help you immigrate.
- Once approved, you, the immigrant, must submit an application for a green card for permanent residence.
- This process may be combined into one step. If you are eligible to adjust your status, you may file your applications at the same time. Then, you will be called in for fingerprinting, a photograph, and an interview. This interview is to determine if you are eligible for a green card and whether your marriage is valid. Your green card may be approved at that interview.
Although adjustment of status should be a simple, straightforward process, it can often become complicated and confused. To make your adjustment of status into the United States as easy as possible for you and your family, contact a Fort Worth immigration lawyer at the Law Office of Francisco Hernandez, and put an attorney on your side who will give your case the individualized attention it deserves.