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Adjustment of Status Timeline: How Long Does it Take?

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For immigrants seeking to obtain permanent residency in the United States, Adjustment of Status (AOS) is a common option. AOS is the process of applying for permanent resident status while one is already in the United States. However, this process can be lengthy, and it is important to understand the timeline for AOS.

Filing the Application

The first step in the AOS process is filing form I-485 with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This form is used to apply for permanent resident status. The processing time for form I-485 depends on several factors, such as the volume of applications received by USCIS and the complexity of your case. In general, USCIS takes between six and twelve months to process form I-485.

Biometrics Appointment

Once your application has been accepted by USCIS, you will receive a notice to attend a biometrics appointment. At this appointment, your fingerprints, photograph, and signature will be taken. This information will be used for background checks and to create your green card. The biometrics appointment typically takes place within two to four months of filing your application.

Adjustment of Status Interview

After your biometrics appointment, you will receive a notice for an Adjustment of Status interview. This interview is conducted by USCIS and is used to determine whether you are eligible for permanent residency. The interview typically takes place between four and ten months after your biometrics appointment.

Final Decision

After the interview, USCIS will make a final decision on your application. Generally, it takes USCIS between two and four months to issue a decision following the interview. However, complex cases or cases requiring additional review may take longer.

Total Timeline

From start to finish, the AOS process can take between eight months and two years. However, this timeline can vary depending on the volume of applications received by USCIS and the complexity of your case. It is important to be patient and prepared for delays in the process.

Experienced Dallas Immigration Attorneys

The timeline for Adjustment of Status depends on several factors and can take anywhere from eight months to two years. While the process can be lengthy, it is important to remain patient and prepared for any delays or complications that may arise. Seeking the guidance of an experienced immigration attorney can help ensure that your application is successful and that the process moves as quickly as possible. Our team at Akula & Associates P.C. is ready to help you through this process.

Get in touch with our Dallas immigration attorneys today at (844) 299-5003 to schedule a consultation!