Adjustment of Status & Green Cards

San Diego Green Card Lawyer

Obtaining Permanent Residence through Adjustment of Status

A visa can grant you temporary residence in the United States but in order to obtain permanent residence, you will need to apply for a green card. At Rodriguez Law Firm, our knowledgeable immigration lawyer in San Diego can guide you through the green card application process. The laws surrounding immigration are complex, and a mistake could jeopardize your ability to stay in the country with your family. We thoroughly review every client’s case to ensure no details are overlooked when applying for your green card. 

Need a green card lawyer near you? Contact us today by calling (619) 332-1703.

Types of Green Cards

There are different types of green cards and avenues of eligibility to obtain one. The most common categories of green cards are family-based (for your spouse, relatives, or children) and employment-based green cards. In order to ensure you are applying for the right type of green card, it is important that you are educated on your options. Each category may receive a certain amount of visas each year, depending on what the U.S. government deems necessary.

The most common categories for green cards include:

There may be additional ways that you can obtain a green card and become a permanent resident. We can sit down with you during your initial consultation and explore your options with you, such as green cards that are available for diplomats, members of the Armed Forces, and victims of domestic violence.

Adjustment of Status

If you have a U.S. citizen spouse, child, or parent you may be eligible for an adjustment of status in the United States from non-immigrant to permanent resident immigrant. A spouse petitioning you is one of the ways to starting the immigration process. Same-sex married couples are entitled to the same immigration benefits as heterosexual couples. This includes the ability to petition your spouse or your fiancé. U.S. citizens or permanent residents are allowed to petition their foreign spouse and bring them to the United States.

The process starts when your spouse or other qualifying relative files the petition -- the I-130 Petition for Alien Relative application or any of these other petitions depending on the situation:

  • Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker
  • Form I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition
  • Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant
  • Form I-526, Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur
  • Form I-918, Petition of U Nonimmigrant Status

If the person being petitioned entered the U.S. legally, they can also file the I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status. In some circumstances, you may be required to have an approved immigrant petition before filing the I-485, however, if you are able to do it while the petition is pending, this is called “concurrent filing. Be aware that I-485 cannot be filed until a visa is available in your category. Visit the Department of State Website and view the Visa Bulletin to know what is available.

Once USCIS receives the applications, you will be mailed details about your biometrics appointment. If you cannot make it, simply reschedule. If you miss the appointment your I-485 may be denied by USCIS. At some point, you and your spouse will be given an appointment for an interview with a USCIS officer. If all goes well, you will be sent an approval letter and soon thereafter get your green card.

Contact Our San Diego Green Card Lawyers

Rodriguez Law Firm is your trusted ally in navigating the complexities of immigration law and securing your green card in San Diego. If you are seeking experienced legal guidance for your immigration journey, our San Diego green card lawyers are dedicated to providing you with expert support and personalized service.

Why Choose Rodriguez Law Firm?

  • Immigration Law Expertise: Rodriguez Law Firm specializes in immigration law, with a focus on Green Card applications. Our attorneys possess a deep understanding of the legal processes involved, ensuring you receive top-notch representation.
  • Client-Centered Approach: Your immigration journey is unique, and we treat it as such. Rodriguez Law Firm adopts a client-centered approach, offering personalized guidance and addressing your individual concerns throughout the Green Card application process.
  • Proven Track Record: Our firm has a proven track record of successfully helping clients secure Green Cards. We pride ourselves on our commitment to achieving positive outcomes and providing effective legal solutions for our clients.
  • Comprehensive Services: From family-sponsored Green Cards to employment-based immigration, Rodriguez Law Firm provides a comprehensive range of services to meet your specific needs. We are equipped to handle a variety of Green Card applications and immigration scenarios.

If you are seeking a San Diego green card lawyer to guide you through the immigration process, contact Rodriguez Law Firm today. Schedule a consultation to discuss your goals and take the first step toward achieving your dreams of permanent residency in the United States.

For more information about green cards and adjustment of status, call (619) 332-1703 to schedule a consultation with our knowledgeable immigration lawyer in San Diego.


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    Former Client
  • I had researched at least 30 lawyers before I chose John. All the other lawyers I spoke to seemed focused on their fees rather than my case.
    Aliya H.
  • This was all a super stressful situation, but after hiring John, I finally felt like the weight was lifted.
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