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Adjustment of Status

Houston Immigration Attorney for Adjustment of Status

Adjustment of status is a procedure by which an individual applies for permanent resident status in the United States without leaving the country (thereby avoiding processing at an American embassy abroad). Our Houston immigration attorney can assist you and your loved ones in the adjustment of status process whether within the United States or abroad.

The most common form of adjusting your status to lawful permanent residency happens when an individual is physically present in the United States following a lawful inspection and admission or parole. This means that an immigration officer allowed the individual to enter the United States and gave a formal document as proof of the lawful entry.

Adjustment of status requires a foundational eligibility. The person applying for adjustment of status must have an underlying basis for applying for adjustment of status. The basis for adjustment of status will depend on who is petitioning for the applicant. Our Houston immigration attorney can guide you through who can and cannot petition for the individual seeking lawful permanent resident status in the United States. Typically, the applicant must have a family member or employer willing to petition for them.

Immediate relatives of United States citizens include the following:

  • Spouses of United States citizens;
  • Unmarried minor children under 21 years old; and
  • Parents of United States citizens, if the United States citizen is over 21 years old.

If the applicant does not have an immediate relative they could fall into a preference category for non-immediate relatives which include the following:

  • 1st Preference: Unmarried children of United States citizens;
  • 2nd Preference: (a) Spouses and children of United States citizens and (b) Unmarried children of United States citizens;
  • 3rd Preference: Married children of United States citizens; and
  • 4th Preference: Children of adult United States citizens.

If the applicant is able to adjust their status in the United States he or she will be eligible for numerous benefits including a green card, the right to live and work in the United States, a Social Security Card, and the right to travel to and from the United States.

An application for adjustment of status, Form I-485, is filed with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), unless the individual is in removal proceedings, in which case the immigration judge will have control over the application. Our law office has handled adjustment of status cases in front of USCIS and court.

Our immigration law office wants work with you throughout the adjustment of status process. It is important to remember that adjustment of status is a discretionary benefit, neither the immigration judge nor United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is required to grant adjustment of status. In determining whether to grant adjustment of status numerous factors are considered such as any criminal record the applicant may have and connections to the petitioner.

As a whole, it is easier to adjust your status in the United States if you last entered the country legally. However, even if the applicant’s last entry was unlawful there is a still chance to adjust your status in the United States. These cases typically require a waiver (a pardon). Our law office has experience in handling these complicated cases.

Our law office takes the time to carefully analyze your case. Each case is unique and deserves its own attention. Please contact The Law Office of Armand Jawanmardi for a consultation on what you can expect when applying for adjustment of status at (713) 999-9115.

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Llamé al abogado de inmigración Armand porque no sabía que tenía una orden de deportación. Nunca recibí un aviso de que tenía que ir a la corte y el juez continuó mi audiencia sin mí y me ordenó deportada. Me reuní con Armand en su oficina y rápidamente investigó mi caso y presentó una moción para intentar reabrir mi caso de deportación. Ganamos y ahora puedo permanecer en los Estados Unidos sin temor a que alguien me arreste y deporte. Gracias a mi abogado de inmigración. Ismelda R.
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We found Armand through a friend who recommended him and had a great experience using his services. My husband was detained by immigration because they came to the wrong house but found that he was living in the United States without documentation. I was desperate and called Armand for help. I was surprised when he answered because it was over the weekend and it was late but I am glad he did. He patiently listened to me and visited my husband at the detention center. He then devised a strategy to try and get him released from custody. THANK GOD WE FOUND HIM. Armand’s hard work led to the immigration judge giving my husband a bond. My husband is now home with us and we look forward to working with Armand to legalize him in the future. Armand is the best. I highly recommend him. Jennifer L.
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Mi hijo fue arrestado por conducir sin licencia y luego la inmigración fue a buscarlo mientras estaba en la cárcel. Inmigración lo trasladó a un centro de detención que estaba sucio y no lo alimentaron. Queríamos sacarlo rápidamente. Llamamos a Armand y en unas pocas semanas el juez ya le dio una fianza de inmigración y lo liberó! Le debemos todo a nuestro abogado. Muy honesto e inteligente. El abogado luchas para la comunidad latina. Javier M.
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If you need a legal service, you should hire my Attorney Armand Jawanmardi. He is from Texas. He is the best, very professional. He took care of my Adjustment of Status case. He answers all the questions and everything we need to know, and when you email him, he answers right away. Thank you so much for your service. Texas I highly recommend Atty. Armand Jawanmardi. Jay E.