How Can an Arriving Alien Adjust Their Status?

Question: How can an arriving alien adjust their status?


Adjusting status as an arriving alien involves specific procedures and requirements that differ from other adjustment of status processes. An “arriving alien” refers to someone who is seeking admission to the U.S. at a port of entry or who was paroled into the U.S.

Key Steps to Adjust Status:

  1. Eligibility: To adjust status, an arriving alien must be eligible for a green card under one of the categories allowed by U.S. immigration law, such as family sponsorship, employment, asylum, or other special programs.
  2. Form I-485: The primary form for adjusting status is Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status. This form must be thoroughly completed and submitted along with the required documentation and fees.
  3. Supporting Documents: Applicants must provide supporting documents, including proof of eligibility, biographical information, and evidence of lawful entry or parole. This might include a valid passport, visa, I-94 Arrival/Departure Record, and other pertinent records.
  4. Medical Examination: A medical examination by a USCIS-approved physician is required to ensure the applicant does not have any health conditions that would make them inadmissible.
  5. Interview: Most applicants will be required to attend an interview at a USCIS office. During the interview, an officer will verify the information provided in the application and may ask additional questions to determine eligibility.
  6. Law Enforcement Certification: If the arriving alien is applying for adjustment of status based on humanitarian reasons, such as asylum or a U visa, they may need certification from law enforcement or other relevant authorities.
  7. Legal Assistance: Given the complexities of adjusting status as an arriving alien, consulting with an experienced immigration lawyer can be invaluable. They can help navigate the legal requirements, prepare the application, and provide representation if needed.

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