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Adjustment of Status

Immigration Petitions vs. Adjustment of Status Applications

Navigating the complexities of the U.S. immigration system can be daunting, especially when it comes to understanding the difference between immigration petitions and adjustment of status applications. At Jeelani Law Firm, we’re here to provide clarity on these important distinctions and guide you through the process.

Immigration Petition:

An immigration petition seeks a determination of whether an alien applicant qualifies as an immigrant under a specific category and immigrant preference. Immigrant preferences are important as they determine the priority given to different classes of immigrants, with a limited number of visas available for each category annually. These petitions lay the groundwork for seeking permanent residency in the United States.

Adjustment of Status Application:

In contrast, an adjustment of status application requests a change in an alien applicant’s status to that of an immigrant, or permanent resident. This application cannot be filed unless an immigrant visa is available. Adjustment of status applications are typically based on an approved immigration petition, as they represent the next step in the process of obtaining permanent residency in the United States.

Relationship between the Two:

It’s important to understand that immigration petitions and adjustment of status applications are interconnected. An approved immigration petition serves as the basis for filing an adjustment of status application. Once an immigration petition is approved and an immigrant visa becomes available, the applicant can then proceed with filing an adjustment of status application to officially change their immigration status to that of a permanent resident.

Immigrant petitions and adjustment of status applications may be filed concurrently if the immigrant is in the United States and qualifies for a category with readily available immigrant visas upon approval. Our skilled attorneys at Jeelani can assist in assessing your eligibility for concurrent filing.

How We Can Assist You:

At Jeelani Law Firm, we recognize the significance of both immigration petitions and adjustment of status applications in achieving your immigration goals. Our experienced immigration attorneys are here to provide personalized guidance and support throughout the process, ensuring that you navigate each step with confidence and clarity.

Jeelani Law Firm, PLC

JEELANI LAW FIRM, PLC is regarded as one of the top immigration law firms in the industry. We handle all immigration matters including family based adjustment of status/green card cases, citizenship filings, representation of businesses and employees when filing L1A/B Petitions, H1B petitions, and Permanent Labor petitions. Our firm also litigates immigration cases dealing with delayed adjudications as well as appellate matters before the U.S. Federal Courts, U.S. Immigration Courts, USCIS and the BIA. Given the complex nature of immigration law, inexperience can lead to many mistakes which may result in delays, denials, and loss of filing fees and valuable time. Contact our office and we will take care of the rest.