The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) presents two primary pathways to obtain Lawful Permanent Resident Status (a Green Card):
Pathway 1 – Adjustment of Status: Adjustment of status is an alternate means to obtain a green card without having to depart the United States. Your Adjustment interview will take place at a local USCIS Field Office inside the United States.
If you are trying to determine whether or not you qualify for a Green Card, we encourage you to carefully review the information and resources we have provided for your benefit.
USCIS has published detailed guidance on this topic available at Green Card Processes & Procedures.
Pathway 2 – Consular Processing: If you are requesting a Green Card through consular processing, you will eventually be required to depart the United States and attend an immigrant interview at a consulate abroad.
Planning for the Adjustment of Status Pathway:
Planning for the Consular Processing Pathway: