Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Adjustment of Status

Frequently Asked Questions About Adjustment of Status and the Permanent Residency/Green Card (including Same Sex)

At AmeriLaw Group, we have the expertise and up to the minute knowledge of the laws and regulations regarding the process of obtaining Legal Permanent Residency (LPF) / Green Cards through adjusting status. We will make it a fast and affordable process.

What is Adjustment of Status?
  • It is a process to adjust your status with the USCIS from a visa holder (or other legal status) to a permanent resident/green card holder.
  • Every case is different; we would be happy to discuss your particular fact situation with you in a free consultation.
If my last entry into the US was legal but I have overstayed my visa can I still apply for an adjustment of status/green card?
  • Yes, if your last entry was legal then in most circumstance an overstay will not preclude your applying to adjust your status to permanent resident/green card holder
Do I have to be present in the US to apply?
  • Yes
How long does it take to receive the green card?
  • It takes approximately 5-6 months depending on USCIS workload
Can I work while my green card application is pending?
  • Yes, if you apply for a temporary work permit.
Can I travel outside the US while my application for the green card is pending?
  • Yes, if you apply for a temporary travel permit (also known as advance parole) and have not overstayed your visa before you applied.
How long does it take to obtain the temporary work or travel permits?
  • Approximately 4 weeks from the time of filing for adjustment of status. The work and travel permits are obtained by filing for them at the same time as the adjustment. There will be no extra legal or filing fees if we do it for you at the same time as your adjustment of status.

If you would like to review our Services and Fees for Adjustment of Status/Greencard, work and travel permits please click here,

Client Reviews
Hello Cal, Just wanted to thank you for all your help...Just let me know if i can ever help you in the future as you certainly great help to me and Conney in this fiance visa process. I have restored and remodeled homes and also have ten years accounting background if you ever need the favor returned California would not be a bad place to take a volunteer vacation too with my fiance of course. Have a great week, Martin M.
Dear Cal, But a quick note to advise you that our petition for a K-1 visa for my fiance' has been approved...and you also might appreciate the fact that my submission was received by The Department Of Homeland Security on 28 September 2009 and approved on 26 October; [thus, only 28-days in the pipeline from their acceptance until their written approval]. I did exactly as you advised me to do and it apparently paid off. The average time for the Vermont office to respond is roughly 3-months+. We did good!!! Bruce B.
Calvin: Thanks for the notification. You have been awesome. Do you mind if I mention your firm on the Thai Chat Boards I subscribe to? People are always looking for representation to get Visas? Thanks. John.
Hi Cal, I guess I forgot to follow up with, but Josefina was approved on the day of her interview and her passport was sent back to her in a matter of days from that point. She is already here and we want to thank you for all your help. Everything went smooth it was just more of a waiting game. Best Regards. Anonymous