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Adjustment of Immigration Status

Navigating the immigration system can be confusing and difficult, especially when trying to make legal changes to your immigration status. If you or a loved one is trying to change their immigration status, the process and paperwork can be overwhelming to deal with on your own. We at De Castroverde Law understand how complex the immigration process is and we are here to assist you in all matters related to adjusting your immigration status.

Our lawyers are fluent in both English and Spanish, and will work tirelessly to find the best possible outcome for your situation.

Las Vegas Immigration Adjustment Attorneys

Adjustment of status is the process by which one may apply for permanent residency in the United States, otherwise known as applying to be a green card holder. First, you must determine whether you are eligible to apply for permanent residency. Not everyone may be eligible to seek permanent residency, but there are several categories that may qualify you to apply for a green card, including:

  • Applying through a family member or fiancé
  • Applying as a refugee seeking asylum
  • Applying as a victim of human trafficking
  • Applying as a victim of abuse
  • Applying as a special immigrant
  • Applying if you have resided in the US since before January 1, 1972
  • Applying via employment if you have special skills, or if you are a physician or investor

No matter how you qualify for permanent residency, it has been proven that having an attorney to represent you in immigration court exponentially increases your chances of being allowed to remain in the US. Our attorneys have vast experience with adjusting immigration status and can walk you through each step of the process along the way.

There are certain steps you must take during the adjustment of status process. First, you must file your application for adjustment of status, which in a family immigration context, typically consists of Form I-130, Form I-485, Form I-765, and Form I-864, amongst additional supporting evidence. 3-4 weeks after mailing your application, you will receive a notice that you are required to make a biometrics appointment, during which your fingerprints will be taken, along with a photograph and signature. This is primarily to conduct a background check and this is standard procedure for any immigrant seeking to adjust their status.

With recent changes to immigration policy, applying to adjust your status is taking longer to accomplish and can turn out to be a confusing process. Any errors or omissions may cause a serious delay in the processing of your application, and it can be easy to overlook certain forms if you don’t have legal guidance to assist you. Our attorneys at De Castroverde Law will help you find and submit the proper forms, and ensure accuracy so that your application process is smooth and without delay.

Experienced Immigration Attorneys Serving Las Vegas and Reno

At De Castroverde Law, we have a team of immigration attorneys, led by award-winning immigration lawyer Jocelyn Cortez. Our team has extensive experience working with families and immigrants seeking to change their status to a permanent resident. We have a dedicated team of immigration attorneys ready to work with you to make sure that you have the best possible chance at adjusting your status and becoming a permanent resident. Contact De Castroverde Law to discuss your options today.

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Immigration Attorneys with a History of Results

We are here to help you with your immigration legal issue, no matter how big or small. Our team of Spanish speaking immigration attorneys will guide you through the following:

A History of Results

Attorney Juan De Pedro explains how the De Castroverde Law group puts clients first in every possible way.

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Why You Should Hire an Immigration Attorney

We are here to help you with your immigration legal issue, no matter how big or small. Whether you need assistance with a visa petition, or whether you need to bring your immigration case to federal court, our legal team can guide you through the system and find a resolution.

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  • Blue check mark IconWe can help you and your family through every step of the process, from representing you at your deportation hearing to appealing removal orders to the Board of Immigration Appeals.
  • Blue check mark IconIf you wish to work in the United States, you have a variety of immigrant and non-immigrant visas to choose from. We are here to help you with work visas, work permits, and employment authorization documents.
  • Blue check mark IconWhether you already have a green card or whether you are just starting to explore the avenues to becoming a naturalized citizen, we can help.
  • Blue check mark IconWhile some simple immigration tasks do not absolutely require legal representation, other legal issues, such as appeals, greatly benefit from the help of an experienced immigration attorney.
  • Blue check mark IconSometimes immigration cases require litigation in federal court. We are here to help you both bring your case and obtain the best possible outcome.

Information & Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Family-Based Immigration?

    One common type of immigration is family-based immigration. This occurs when one family member already lives in the United States lawfully, and another family member uses his or her relationship as a basis for immigrating to the U.S. There are two different types of immigration that are considered family-based:

    • Immigration of immediate relatives: There is no numerical limit on how many relatives are allowed to immigrate under these provisions. These laws cover the spouses, unmarried minor children, and parents of U.S. citizens. In order for a parent to apply, the citizen must be at least 21 years old.
    • Immigration by family preference: The number of family members admitted under these laws is limited to a little under half a million people per year. There is an extremely complicated weighting system that determines which applicants are allowed to immigrate. Family members who can apply under this system include adult children and siblings of U.S. citizens, as well as spouses and unmarried children of lawful permanent residents (LPRs). For a sibling to be considered, the citizen must be at least 21 years old.
  • What is Employment-Based Immigration?

    The United States allows people with certain valuable skills to immigrate either temporarily or permanently to the United States. Permanent employment-based immigration allows 140,000 people per year to come the United States. That number is broken up into various subcategories. As for temporary workers, there are more than twenty different types of visas depending on what sort of work a person will be doing here and what the duration of that work is.

  • Refugees and Asylum-Seekers

    Refugees and asylees make up a portion of those who immigrate to the United States. These people are typically fleeing persecution in their home countries or are unable to return to their homeland due to some sort of extraordinary or life-threatening condition. Each of these programs has strict requirements depending on an individual’s situation.

  • United States Citizenship

    In order for a person to become a United States citizen, he or she must have had his or her green card for at least five years. Under certain limited circumstances, this can be decreased to three years for certain applicants. A naturalization applicant must also be at least 18 years old, be able to demonstrate continuous residency, prove his or her good moral character, pass citizenship exams, and pay application fees in addition to other possible requirements. There are special rules that apply to members of the U.S. military who are seeking citizenship.

What Our Clients Say About Us.

For nine years my wife and I struggled with our immigration situation. We both had stress, anxiety and depression until we talked to Jocelyn, an attorney over at De Castroverde Law. The first thing I liked about her is she gave it to us straight, she told us our possibilities and percentage rate we had of fixing our situation. Most other lawyers tell you what you want to hear just to take your money, but not her. She cares about you and your situation. She will walk you through the whole way. I am very grateful for her and will be every day of my life.Julian M.

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