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Westchester County NY green card application attorneyIf you have come to the U.S. on a temporary visa and want to remain here indefinitely, you may be eligible to apply for an adjustment of status and become a Lawful Permanent Resident. This will allow you to live and work in the U.S. for as long as you like, and you may eventually apply for citizenship through naturalization. The adjustment of status process can be convenient for those who already reside in the United States, as it does not require you to return to your home country for consular processing.

How to Ensure Your Adjustment of Status Is Approved

To improve your chances of approval, your written application must be accurate and thorough, and it must include all necessary supporting documentation. There are a number of documents that you must submit, including:

  • You must complete a Green Card application, Form I-485. Some of the supporting documents you must attach, along with English translations, include:
    • A copy of your government-issued identity document with photograph.
    • A copy of your birth certificate or other evidence of birth, such as church, school, or medical records.
    • Your inspection and admission documentation.
    • Certified police and court records documenting all criminal arrests, charges, or convictions, even if you were acquitted or your record was later cleared (as often happens with juvenile offenses).
    • Other documentation as needed for your specific immigration category.
  • You, or more commonly your sponsor, must file an immigrant petition. For example, if you are applying for family-based immigration, your sponsor would file Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative.

Officials of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will review your application and most likely will ask you to appear for an in-person interview. Interviews are generally waived for children under the age of 14. During the interview, it is critical that you answer all questions honestly and completely. You will be under oath, and any false or misleading statements could result in your disqualification.

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Stamford deportation defense lawyerBeing stopped by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents can be a scary experience, because you may feel as though your life in the United States is being put in jeopardy. It is true that a lot can be on the line during these encounters. That is why it is important for you to understand what your rights are and what the best course of action for you will likely be. Follow these steps to minimize your risks of deportation during interactions with ICE agents.

If You Are a Citizen of the United States

ICE officers are not authorized to detain U.S. citizens, but that does not mean it does not happen. From 2007 to 2015, more than 1,500 U.S. citizens were improperly detained by immigration officials, according to National Public Radio. 

If you are a citizen, you should always inform immigration authorities of that fact. A citizen can be detained if they are unable to immediately prove their citizenship through documentation, such as a passport, birth certificate, or voter ID card.

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