Thousands of U.S. visa holders apply for an adjustment of status every year to obtain their green card and become permanent residents. However, the spread of COVID-19 has significantly impacted the U.S. immigration system. If you are a visa holder who is currently present in the United States, you might be wondering if you can still apply for an adjustment of status amidst the current health crisis. Our Dallas immigration attorneys explain if you can still file an adjustment of status during COVID-19.
Change of Status Filings During COVID-19
According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), there have been many immigration-related challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For such reasons, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) continues to accept and process applications and petitions. If you are a nonimmigrant and your admission will expire soon, you have options to remain in the United States. Below we have put together the options that are available for nonimmigrants:
- Apply for an Extension: Since many nonimmigrants might have to remain in the United States beyond their authorized period stay due to COVID-19, they can apply for an extension of stay (EOS) or a change in status (COS).
- Get an Employment Extension: If you still have the same employer sponsoring you and still have the same terms and conditions of the prior approval, you will automatically get an extended period of 240 days after filing the stay request.
If you want to obtain an adjustment of status during the COVID-19 pandemic, you need an experienced attorney who can guide you through the process so that they can help you get the most favorable outcome possible.
Experienced Dallas Immigration Attorneys
Immigration laws are complex and ever-changing, especially during the current health crisis. Our team at Akula & Associates P.C. has years of experience helping people with their complex immigration cases. Don’t leave your adjustment of status to chance and let our team help you obtain your desired outcome. We have the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to handle your case.
Contact our Dallas immigration attorneys today at (844) 299-5003 to schedule a consultation!