Permanent Residence (the “Green Card”) through Family

Adjusting Status in the U.S.

Immediate Relatives of U.S. Citizens

Relatives of Permanent Residents

INA 245(i) Grandfathering (paying the fine)

Priority Dates

The Child Status Protection Act

U Visa Adjustment of Status

Family Unity Adjustment of Status

Under VAWA (the Violence Against Women Act)

Consular Processing Through Your Home Country

The Unlawful Presence Bars to Re-Entry

Waivers of the Unlawful Presence Bars

I-601 and I-601A

Waivers of other Grounds of Inadmissibility

For Certain Criminal Convictions

Travel and Work While Waiting to Legalize

Conditional Permanent Residence

Removing Conditions

By Joint Petition

By Good Faith Waiver

VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) and Permanent Residence

Death of Petitioner

Widower(s) of U.S. Citizen


At Birth Outside the U.S.


Acquiring Citizenship After Birth

By Examination

Waiver of Examination

By Operation of Law When Parents Naturalize

When Your Spouse Works Outside the U.S.

DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)

Temporary Visas

TPS – Temporary Protected Status

U Visa for Victims and Witnesses to Crimes

V Visa for Certain Family Members Waiting for Permanent Visa Availability

Family Unity Work Authorization