A Brief Overview of The New American Immigration Law

People can spend years going through the arduous process of applying for a green card or another type of permanent status in the United States; for many, it can present enormous challenges due to what appears to be constantly shifting laws. It’s crucial to comprehend the general fundamental laws that could affect your eligibility throughout the process of an immigration or citizenship application.

The laws and regulations governing immigration are described on the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website. People who want to apply for asylum or extend their present visa status should be aware of the most recent laws because they can change depending on the administration in power.

Determining Your Eligibility Status

The extent to which you are eligible will primarily depend on your situation and your desired immigration or citizenship status. The eligibility requirements may change based on your visa classification if you request a particular visa for a brief period.

Is It Possible to Sponsor a Relative?

Legal permanent residents or other American citizens are eligible to petition for a visa on behalf of their immediate family members. You must submit Form I-130 to do this, and in some cases, you may also submit Form I-485, which requests permanent resident status, at the same time. The petition for every individual you is underwriting needs to be submitted separately.

Depending on the circumstances, you might be able to appeal a decision that wasn’t favorable to you. Except in specific situations, which can be identified using Form I-290B, this must be done through the office that rejected or made the negative judgment.

Visa Status Adjustment

People who reside in the U.S. under a temporary status or for other reasons may alter their status by applying for permanent legal resident status or a “green card. Those who are not in the country already must first obtain a visa to be considered.

Classifications Of People Who May Apply for Change In Visa Status

You may apply for a change in visa status if:

  • You are a citizen of the U.S. or the widow or widower of one.
  • You are engaged to a citizen of the United States.
  • You are a victim of criminal activity or human trafficking.
  • You fall under the family-based preference classification and are related to a citizen or other permanent resident of the United States.
  • You have been given refugee or asylum status.
  • You meet the requirements for a special program, such as the Diversity Visa program, a lawful private immigration measure, or another program not already mentioned.
  • And there are so many more classifications under the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

When going through the process, there are a few obstacles to status adjustment that may need to be considered. These may include unauthorized entry into the country, employment without authorization, holding a conditional visa, and so much more.

For many people, deciding to come to the U.S. is a significant step in their lives. The team at Abu-Shaaban Law P.C. is here to walk you through every step of this difficult process. You don’t have to do it alone.