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Adjustment of Status and Consular Processing are the two options available for family members seeking lawful permanent resident status.  Adjustment of status is an option for a family member who is lawfully in the U.S.  For all other family members seeking a family-based immigrant visa, consular processing is the method to use.  A brief overview of the two methods are below:

Adjustment of status Consular processing
  • Immediate relative files a Form I-485 application with USCIS while remaining in the U.S.
  • Approval of the I-485 grants permanent residence.
  • Qualifying family member applies for an immigrant visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad.
  • After the visa is issued, the worker presents it at a U.S. port of entry and is admitted as a permanent resident.


Ellis Immigration Law is available to help you with the complexities of immigration law.  Lisa Ellis