Lancaster Overseas Immigrant Visa Lawyers
Foreign nationals in the United States on nonimmigrant visas have two options if they wish to obtain permanent residency (a green card) in the U.S. — adjustment of status or consular processing. Either step requires a legal process with varying degrees of complexities and bureaucratic hurdles depending on:
- The individual’s eligibility for permanent residency in the U.S.
- The country through which the individual would be applying if they choose consular processing
At Mattes & Mahon, PC, we help our clients determine which process is the best choice for them. We are focused on the needs of U.S. immigrants and the needs of employers seeking immigrant workers in Pennsylvania. Our dedication and experience helps us produce the effective strategies that can accomplish our clients’ immigration objectives. We help a variety of immigrants with an array of goals, including families, clergy, specialized workers, and managers from foreign countries.
Should You Choose Consular Processing or Adjustment of Status?
If you are in the U.S. on a nonimmigrant visa or a temporary work visa, you may choose between the two options. If you are not in the U.S. on a visa currently, you must apply for permanent residency through your country of birth or current residence. Once you have received approval of your immigrant visa petition through United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), you must obtain your visa at a U.S. Consulate abroad.
Consular processing may be quicker than adjusting one’s status in the U.S., but added bureaucracy can also cause errors and time extensions. It is imperative to seek the counsel and guidance of an experienced lawyer in order to avoid unnecessary delays or other issues.
We will advise you on the most practical legal avenue for your best interests and goals, ensuring that your petition for permanent residency proceeds as efficiently as possible.