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Adjustment of Status is the process by which you can apply for Lawful Permanent Resident status when you are PRESENT in the United States. This means that you may get your Green Card without having to return to your home country to complete consular processing.

U.S. Immigration Laws offer a variety of ways for people to apply for a Green Card. The eligibility requirements for Adjustment of Status may vary depending on the immigrant category you are applying under.

Most categories require you to have an APPROVED immigrant Petition BEFORE you can file for Adjustment (for example, an approved I-129F, I-130, I-360 or I-140 petition). However, some categories may allow you to file for Adjustment at the SAME time that the immigrant petition is filed. For more information, visit our Concurrent Filing page.

Some categories do not require an underlying immigrant Petition (for example, under the Cuban Adjustment Act).

If you are applying to adjust your status to a Lawful Permanent Resident under section 245(i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), you do need an underlying Petition.  For more information, visit our Adjustment of Status + §245(i) page.

In order to apply for a Green Card, you MUST be eligible under one of the categories listed below:

Family Based
You may be eligible to apply as:

  • Immediate relative of a U.S. Citizen (Spouse, unmarried Child under 21 years old or Parent);
  • Other relative of a U.S. Citizen or of a Lawful Permanent Resident (unmarried Son or Daughter 21 years or older, married Son or Daughter, Brother or Sister);
  • Other relative of a Lawful Permanent Resident (Spouse, unmarried Child under 21 years old, unmarried Son or Daughter 21 years or older);
  • Fiancé(e) of a U.S. Citizen or the Fiancé(e)’s Child(ren);
  • Widow(er) of a U.S. Citizen;
  • VAWA Self-Petitioner – you are a Victim of battery or extreme cruelty (such as an abused Spouse, Child or Parent of a U.S. Citizen OR abused Spouse or Child of a Lawful Permanent Resident).

Employment Based
You may be eligible to apply as:

  • First Preference Immigrant Worker (you have an extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business or athletics; OR you are an outstanding professor or researcher; OR a multinational manager or executive who meets certain criteria);
  • Second Preference Immigrant Worker (you are a member of a profession that requires an advanced degree, exceptional ability in the sciences, arts, or business, or are seeking a national interest waiver);
  • Third Preference Immigrant Worker (you are a skilled worker, a professional, or an unskilled worker performing unskilled labor requiring less than 2 years training or experience);
  • Physician National Interest Waiver (you are a physician who agrees to work full-time in clinical practice in a designated underserved area for a set period of time);
  • Immigrant Investor (you are an investor or are actively in the process of investing at least $1 million (or $500,000 in a targeted employment area) in a new commercial enterprise in the U.S.).

Special Immigrant
You may be eligible to apply as:

  • Religious Worker (member of a religious denomination coming to the U.S. to work for a nonprofit religious organization);
  • Special Immigrant Juvenile (a Child who has been abused, abandoned, or neglected by his/her Parent(s) and was granted SIJ status);
  • Afghanistan or Iraq National (who served as a translator for the U.S. government; were employed by or for the U.S. government in Iraq on or after March 20, 2003, for at least one year; or were an Afghan employed by the International Security Assistance Force);
  • International broadcaster (coming to work in the U.S. as a member of the media);
  • Employee and family members of an international organization or a NATO-6 employee and family members (employees of certain international organizations, such as: Embassies, Consulates, NATO, International Satellite Telecommunications Organization (INTELSTAT) and more).

Refugee or Asylee
You may be eligible to apply as:

  • Asylee (granted asylum status at least 1 year ago);
  • Refugee (admitted as a refugee at least 1 year ago).

Human Trafficking and Victims of Crimes
You may be eligible to apply as:

  • Human Trafficking Victim (you currently have a T nonimmigrant visa);
  • Victim of a Crime (you currently have a U nonimmigrant visa).

Victims of Abuse
You may be eligible to apply as:

  • VAWA Self-Petitioner – you are a Victim of battery or extreme cruelty (such as an abused Spouse, Child or Parent of a U.S. Citizen OR abused Spouse or Child of a Lawful Permanent Resident);
  • Special Immigrant Juvenile (a Child who has been abused, abandoned, or neglected by his/her Parent(s) and was granted SIJ status);
  • The abused Spouse or Child of a Cuban native or citizen;
  • The abused Spouse or Child of a Lawful Permanent Resident who received his/her Green Card based on the Haitian Refugee Immigrant Fairness Act (HRIFA).

Registry
You may be eligible to apply for:

  • Registry if you have resided continuously in the U.S. since before Jan. 1, 1972.

Other Categories
You may be eligible to apply under:

  • Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness (LRIF);
  • Diversity Immigrant Visa Program or Visa Lottery;
  • Cuban Adjustment;
  • Abused Spouse or Child under the Cuban Adjustment Act;
  • Dependent status under the HRIFA (Spouse or Child of a Lawful Permanent Resident who received his or her Green Card based on the Haitian Refugee  Immigration Fairness Act (HRIFA).
  • Abused Spouse or Child under HRIFA;
  • Lautenberg Parolee;
  • Indochinese Parole Adjustment Act of 2000;
  • American Indian born in Canada;
  • Person born in the United States to a foreign diplomat;
  • Section 13 (diplomat).

The USCIS filing fee for Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status varies based on the following:

                              

If you are... Filing Fee Biometric
Services Fee
Total
Age 14 – 78 $1,140 $85 $1,225
Age 79 or older $1,140 $0 $1,140
Under 14 and filing with at least one parent $750 $0 $750
Under 14 and not filing with at least one parent $1,140 $0 $1,140
Filing as a refugee $0 $0 $0

Signature’s Form Preparation Service fees DO NOT include USCIS filing fees, biometric service fees or any other fees to be paid to the government. Any fee intended for the government is a separate fee and must be paid at the Client’s expense directly to USCIS.  Signature does not do that for you.

You may pay the USCIS filing fees with a money order, personal check, cashier’s check or by credit card. If you pay by check or money order, you must make your check payable to: “U.S. Department of Homeland Security”. You must submit all fees in the exact amount. DO NOT MAIL CASH.

NOTE: USCIS filing fees and biometrics service fees are final and non-refundable, regardless of any action USCIS takes on your application or petition, or if you withdraw your petition.

Once USCIS receives your application or petition you will receive:

  • Form I-797C, Notice of Action confirming receipt of all applications and filing fees.
  • A Biometrics Service appointment at a local USCIS Application Support Center (ASC) to capture your  fingerprints, photograph and/or signature.
  • If required, USCIS may issue a Request for Evidence (RFE) to request missing initial or additional evidence.
  • Employment Authorization and Advance Parole Combo Card, if both are applicable and approved.
  • If required, a Notice to appear for an interview with an Immigration Officer at your nearest USCIS Office.
  • A Notice of decision by mail.
  • Your new Permanent Resident Card (Green Card), if your application is approved.

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