Filing Form I-485 for Adjustment of Status

  What Is Form I-485?   Form I-485 is an Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status. This form is utilized by people in the United States to apply to USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) to adjust their status to a lawful permanent resident.  In most cases, I-485 eligibility is based on an underlying visa petition, typically an …

How Much Does It Cost To Hire An Immigration Lawyer To Get A Green Card?

The answer to this question varies widely depending on a number of factors. Some of the elements that determine an immigration lawyer’s fees for services to obtain a permanent resident card, commonly known as a green card, are “the experience, reputation, diligence, and ability of the lawyer or lawyers performing the service and the skill, expertise, or efficiency of effort …

President Obama’s Executive Actions on Immigration – Summary from USCIS

On November 20, 2014, the President announced a series of executive actions to crack down on illegal immigration at the border, prioritize deporting felons not families, and require certain undocumented immigrants to pass a criminal background check and pay taxes in order to temporarily stay in the U.S. without fear of deportation. These initiatives include: Expanding the population eligible for ...

Is Green Card With No Expiration Date Still Valid?

Is Green Card With No Expiration Date Still Valid? I became a permanent resident on November 1, 1989. My green card has no expiration date on it. Is it still valid? Do I need to replace it? Thank you. — Anonymous This is a very frequent question. On August 22, 2007, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) published …

Travel With Expired Green Card and Pending I-90

Travel With Expired Green Card and Pending I-90 Can I travel abroad with an expired 10-year green card and an I-797C Notice of Action? My 10-year green card will expire in August 2009, I already filed a renewal application, and just received my I-797 Notice of Action letter (application receipt confirmation) and a letter with my biometrics appointment. I have ...

Can You Apply For Residency After Living in the USA for 10 Years?

Can You Apply For Residency After Living in the USA for 10 Years? I heard that you can apply for a green card if you came here legally and have been here for 10 years. Is that true? — Anonymous It is true under very limited circumstances and the application serves as a form of relief in removal proceedings. It …