Can I adjust my status to permanent resident in the US using Section 245i?
Section your country to apply for a green card, you submit form I-485, pay the regular filing fee plus a $1,000 fine and get your green card in the US without having to worry about submitting an unlawful presence waiver.
In order to qualify under section 245i, you (or your parents while you 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 your 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 you 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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Section 245(i) Adjustment of Status is divided into the following subtopics:
General Information – Section 245i
- Section 245(i) Frequently Asked Questions
- 245(i): Everything You Also Wanted to Know (ILRC 2018)
- 245(i) Adjustment under Duran-Gonzalez for Persons Previously Deported (2014)
- 245(i) and Grandfathering: Matter of Butt, 26 I&N Dec 108 (BIA 2013)
- USCIS Memo Clarifying Section 245(i) (3-09-05)
- Section 245(i) Regulations (3-26-01)
- INS Memorandum Interpreting Section 245(i) Employment-Based Provisions(6-10-99)
- INS Memorandum Interpreting Section 245(i) (4-14-99)
Success Stories – Section 245i
- Using Section 245(i) to Help a Client Avoid Deportation (January 2011)
- 245(i): Turning Denials into Approvals (September 2008)
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Carl Shusterman served as an INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) before opening a firm specializing exclusively in US immigration law. He is a Certified Specialist in Immigration Law who has testified as an expert witness before the US Senate Immigration Subcommittee. Carl was featured in the February 2018 edition of SuperLawyers Magazine.
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