Family-Based Adjustment of Status Attorneys in Oklahoma City
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At Mazaheri Law Firm, our immigration attorneys provide up-to-date and compassionate legal representation to individuals petitioning for a family-based adjustment of status. Our firm is based in Oklahoma City and our attorney team is multilingual. We understand how daunting the immigration process can be in the United States and we are here to help you at every step of it.
A U.S. citizen, a green card holder, or an asylee, may request that a spouse or an immediate family member become a permanent resident through the adjustment of status process. Our team reviews your situation and can educate you on the requirements of a family-based adjustment of status. We make sure to stay up to date with current immigration laws and policies to help you and your loved ones reach your immigration goals and lawfully live and work in the United States.
Do you need a reputable immigration lawyer in Oklahoma City? Contact Mazaheri Law Firm today at (405) 645-6022 to schedule a consultation for your family-based adjustment of status!
Who Is Eligible for a Family-Based Adjustment of Status?
You may apply for a green card via family-based adjustment of status while you are already and lawfully present in the U.S. The process does not require you to go back to your home country. If you currently live abroad, you may apply for a green card through Immigrant Visa Processing or IVP.
The following immediate relatives of a U.S. citizen are eligible for a family-based green card:
- Unmarried child under 21
- Orphan adopted abroad
- Orphan to be adopted in the U.S.
- Parent if the U.S. citizen is at least 21 years old
Under specific circumstances, a permanent resident or an asylee can petition for a green card for a relative. Consulting an immigration lawyer helps determine whether this is an option in your situation
Under U.S. immigration law, you must meet the following requirements to apply for a family-based adjustment of status:
- Be physically present in the United States
- Have last entered U.S. territory lawfully
- Be admissible to the U.S.
A criminal history or previous immigration status violations may interfere with your application. When we review your case, we may find legal solutions to help you become admissible.
The Family-Based Adjustment of Status Process
Petitioning for a family-based adjustment of status requires preparing a detailed and accurate application package for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, also known as USCIS. It includes multiple forms and additional documents that help establish the relationship between the U.S. citizen and the green card applicant.
A green card application package through family-based adjustment of status usually includes:
- I-485, Application to Adjust Status
- I-693, Medical Exam Results
- I-864, Affidavit of Support
- I-765, Application for Employment Eligibility
- I-131, Application for Advance Parole
- I-130, Approval Notice
Once you have submitted all the required paperwork to USCIS, you can expect receipt notices within three weeks of filing each form. This notice includes the applicant’s Alien Number if they did not already have one.
A few weeks later, USCIS schedules a biometrics appointment at a local field office or application support center. During this appointment, USCIS representatives take the foreign national’s picture and fingerprints for the security background check.
You usually receive your Advance Parole documents 60 to 90 days after filing.
USCIS may schedule an interview, especially in the case of family-based adjustment of status through marriage. The agency generally sends you the interview date and location two to three weeks after your biometrics appointment. The notice states what documents you need to bring to the interview. The purpose of the interview is to confirm that the familial relationship is legitimate.
If you are applying for a green card through marriage, you usually need to provide these additional documents:
- Proof that both spouses live together: joint lease or property deed, utility bills under both names
- Joint finances: bank account or credit card statements, insurance policies
- Photos featuring both spouses alone and/or with family and friends
- Correspondence between both spouses while dating and married
- Affidavits from U.S. citizens or permanent residents who can attest to the legitimacy of your marriage
- Birth certificates of any child you have together
If USCIS approves your application, you become a lawful permanent resident. Depending on your situation, your green card may be valid for two or ten years. If you receive a two-year green card, you need to apply to remove the conditions on your permanent resident status at a later date. In either case, if you maintain your green card status, you can apply for naturalization in the future.
Why Hire Mazaheri Law Firm to Support Your Immigration Journey in Oklahoma City
Given the complexity of immigration laws and how often they can change, working with a reputable immigration attorney is key when preparing your application package for a family-based adjustment of status.
We are dedicated to helping you succeed in your immigration journey, and we can help you at every step of the process. This includes ensuring you file every form correctly, gathering all supporting documents, and helping you prepare for the interview.
Our attorneys remain available to assist you after USCIS grants your green card. We can advise you on how to maintain your immigration status and help you find future applications if you need to remove the conditions on a two-year green card or if you want to become a U.S. citizen.
Mazaheri Law Firm offers legal representation for family-based adjustments of status. Call us today at (405) 645-6022 or use our online form to schedule an appointment in Oklahoma City!
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