Adjustment of Status
Under Section 245(i)
Section 245i of the Immigration and Nationality Act allows certain foreign-born persons to apply for adjustment of status to lawful permanent residence without leaving the U.S. even if they entered the U.S. unlawfully or overstayed their status. Instead of returning to their country to apply for a green card, they submit form I-485, pay the regular filing fee plus a $1,000 fine and, hopefully, get their green card in the U.S.
In order to qualify under section 245(i), they (or their parents while they were a minor) must have had a relative or an employer file a visa petition (forms I-130 and I-140) or a labor certification on the their behalf on or before April 30, 2001. If the visa petition or labor certification was filed between January 15, 1998 and April 30, 2001, there is an additional requirement that they be present in the U.S. on December 21, 2000, the day the final extension of section 245(i) was signed into law.
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Adjustment of Status under Section 245(i) is divided into the following subtopics:
- Section 245(i) Frequently Asked Questions
- 245(i) and Grandfathering: Matter of Butt, 26 I&N Dec 108 (BIA 2013) (4-19-13)
- Duran Gonzalez Q & A – Section 245(i) Does Not Overcome the Permanent Bar- AILF Practice Advisory (12-19-07)
- USCIS Memo Clarifying Section 245(i) (3-09-05)
- Section 245(i) Regulations (3-26-01)
- INS Memo re: Adjustment of Status Under Section 245(i) as Amended by the LIFE Amendment (1-26-01)
- INS Memorandum Interpreting Section 245(i) Employment-Based Provisions(6-10-99)
- INS Memorandum Interpreting Section 245(i) (4-14-99)
- Adjustment of Status Through Section 245i
Section 245(i) of the immigration law allows certain persons who have overstayed their visas or entered the United States without papers to adjust their status to permanent residents.
- Adjustment of Status
This video explains the process of “Adjustment of Status”, legal jargon for obtaining permanent residence without having to leave the U.S. to apply for a green card abroad.