Green Cards

Adjustment of Status

The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) permits the change of an individual’s immigration status while in the United States from nonimmigrant or parolee (temporary) to immigrant (permanent) if the individual was inspected and admitted or paroled into the United States and is able to meet all required qualifications for a green card (permanent residence) in a particular category. The common term for a change to permanent status is “adjustment of status.”

The INA provides an individual two primary paths to permanent resident status. Adjustment of status is the process by which an eligible individual already in the United States can get permanent resident status (a green card) without having to return to their home country to complete visa processing.

Consular processing is an alternate process for an individual outside the United States (or who is in the United States but is ineligible to adjust status) to obtain a visa abroad and enter the United States as a permanent resident) This pathway is referred to as “consular processing” (see the link to the left).


Steps for Adjustment of Status

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Green Cards Through Family Members

Our Tampa Immigration Attorneys help many family members get Green Cards (become permanent residents) through current US citizen or lawful permanent resident family members. 

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Green Card for a Family Member of a U.S. Citizen

Our Tampa Green Card Attorneys may be able to help you right now! U.S. citizens who want their relatives to immigrate to the United States can file a Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, for their spouse, children and if the U.S. citizen is at least 21 years old, their parents and brothers or sisters.

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Green Card for a Family Member of a Permanent Resident

Our Tampa Green Card Attorneys can help you right now. To promote family unity, immigration law allows permanent residents of the United States (green card holders) to petition for certain eligible relatives to come and live permanently in the United States.

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