The best thing about the application for an adjustment of status is that it signifies the last step on the road to obtaining a Green Card. Permanent resident status is granted once the application has been approved.
There are some additional benefits that can be realized while you are in the pending period of your application for adjustment of status:
- You will be eligible to apply for a Work Permit which will enable you to work for any employer during the pending period.
- You will also be able to apply for Advance Parole which will give you the ability to travel abroad during the pending period.
- While you will be able to legally stay in the US without a valid non-immigrant status during the pending period, you might want to consider keeping your non-immigrant status. Specifics of your circumstances should be taken into consideration.
Another thing to think about was recently published on the New York Daily News website. It reminded us that:
"Most immigrant visa applicants want to interview here because if the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services denies your adjustment of status application, you can renew that application in immigration court. If the immigration judge denies your application, you can appeal to the Board of Immigration Appeals, and even to the U.S. Court of Appeals. Meanwhile, you can live here until the matter is resolved."
If you are considering taking the important step of an adjustment of status application, please remember that Lubiner, Schmidt & Palumbo is dedicated to providing our clients with sophisticated counseling and representation at a reasonable cost. You can expect us to be there with you every step of the way.