Green Card
Process

What you need to, and when to do it

The content of your application, who to send it to, when it will be reviewed and how long it takes are all determined by your process.

Prevent mistakes and delays in your in your Green Card timeline by knowing exactly what needs to be done when.

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USCIS

USCIS PROCESSING TIMES & FORM I-485

I-485 Processing Times determine when Adjustment of Status Applicants will get their Family Green Cards. The way they are computed make them more helpful than most data released by USCIS.

  • Learn how to read, interpret and use this information for your Family Green Card Application;
  • See how your USCIS Field Office has performed over the last 12 months.
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adjustment of status for immediate relatives

You are an immediate relative and you live in the United States? You may be eligible to the adjustment of status for immediate relative process, known as ‘concurrent filing’.

Conditions:

  • You are the immediate relative of a U.S. citizen
  • You are physically present in the United States
  • You entered the United States legally, or obtained advance parole
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Adjustment of Status for Immediate Relatives
Consular Processing for Immediate Relative

Consular Processing for Immediate Relative

You are an immediate relative and you live abroad while your sponsor live in the United States? You will go through consular processing for immediate relatives.

Conditions:

  • You are the immediate relative of a U.S. citizen
  • You live abroad, outside of the United States
  • Your sponsor lives in the United States

Note: Immigration Planner’s application also explores automatically whether the faster consular processing at a USCIS international office is a possibility when the sponsor is living abroad.

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Consular processing for family preferences

You are eligible under a family preference and you live abroad? You will go through consular processing for family preferences.

Conditions:

  • You are eligible for a green card under preferences F1, F2A, F2B, F3, or F4
  • You live abroad, outside the United States
  • Your sponsor lives in the United States
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Consular Processing for Family Preference
Adjustment of Status Family Preference

Adjustment of status for family preference

You are eligible under a family preference, but already live legally in the United States? You may be eligible for adjustment of status.

Conditions:

  • You are eligible for a green card under preferences F1, F2A, F2B, F3, or F4
  • You are physically present in the United States under a valid, unexpired visa (such as an H1-B visa)
  • You will be able to maintain legal status in the United States until the priority date of the I-130 submitted by the sponsor on your behalf is ‘current’
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Smart Forms on Mobile

Complete your green card forms I-130, I-130A, I-485, I-765 online using the convenience of your mobile phone. Then, download  a 100% complete, valid and consistent form ready to file.

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Smart Forms USCIS Language

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Smart Forms Corrections

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Smart Forms Rule Checking

Check against U.S. immigration rules.

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Smart Forms Checklist

Filter the evidence based on your answers.

Different processes, different contacts

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CONSULAR PROCESSING

 

Sponsor

Applicant

USCIS in the United States

National Visa Center (NVC)

Authorized Physician abroad

Consular Officer

Custom and Border Patrol Officer

ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS

 

Sponsor

Applicant

USCIS in the United States

Civil Surgeon

Adjudicating Officer

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Visa Bulletin  Predictions

Immigration Planner uses technology and proprietary mathematical models to inspect years of data and predict the ‘Final Action Date’ for applicants of all countries (except Mexico, the Philippines and F4-India) for all the family preferences (F1, F2A, F2B, F3, F4).

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Learn more about the U.S. Green Card process and application such as what evidence to include, predicted priority dates, form details and latest immigration news.