If you are seeking to adjust your status to obtain a Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) but have entered the U.S. illegally or overstayed your visa, section 245(i) Adjustment of Status may be an option for you.
In general, the applicants for adjustment of status must show that they have entered the United States legally and maintained a valid immigration status while remaining on U.S. soil. In other words, if you entered the U.S. illegally or overstayed your visa, you may not be eligible for adjustment of status.
However, section 245(i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) as revised by the Legal Immigration Family Equity Act (LIFE), allows certain individuals to apply for adjustment of status regardless of their manner of entry or current immigration status. To be eligible for 245(i) protection, you must:
To adjust your status and obtain a Green Card through Section 245(i) of INA, you must file Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, along with its Supplement A. You are also required to pay the necessary filing fees unless an exemption applies. Once the applicant files Form I-485, they become eligible to receive an Employment Authorization Document.
Form I-485 adjustment of the status process can be complex and confusing, but with the right help, it can be a smooth and successful process. If you have any questions about the process or need help filing your application, our team at The Immigrate Fast Law Office is here to help!
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