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What is the Difference Between Consular Processing and Adjustment of Status?

Depending on your immigration status, when applying for a green card, there are two routes in which you can take — consular processing or adjustment of status. Here’s the difference between the two and how each one works.

Consular Processing

Consular processing is a way for immigrants to obtain a green card if they already have an approved visa petition. They must prove they already have a priority date and visa number. Once these requirements are met, a green card application can be submitted to a United States embassy in their home country. After submitting the green card application, the applicant will be required to attend an interview with a consulate or U.S. Embassy official.

Adjustment of Status

The adjustment of status process is conducted only within the United States. The Office of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), is responsible for handling all green card applications and approvals. If the applicant has immediate relatives also applying for a green card, their applications may be submitted together.

Common Mistakes When Applying for a Green Card

Even after applying for an adjustment of status or consular processing, there are several reasons why green cards get denied, which may include:

  • Fraud
  • Terrorism
  • Health-related issues such as not having proper vaccinations
  • Totalitarian party membership
  • Polygamy
  • Unlawfully claiming U.S. citizenship.

If your green card application has been denied, you have the right to seek an appeal. Having an experienced immigration attorney on your side to assist with an appeal will be your best chance of approval.

If you or a loved one needs assistance with obtaining a green card and are unsure how to proceed, we can help. Contact Revilla Law Firm, P.A. today at (305) 858-2323 to learn more about how our skilled attorneys can assist you with all your immigration needs.