Author: Jameel Manji, Founder, Manji Law, P.C.
Mr. Manji founded Manji Law in 2016 to follow his passion of helping people navigate the complicated immigration system. Mr. Manji graduated from Georgia State University College of Law and received Master of Taxation from the Georgia State’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business. Published on: January 10, 2023.
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Applicants who are already in the United States can submit Form I-130 along with Form I-485 and the rest of the USCIS application for “adjustment of status” to USCIS at the same time. Once USCIS has approved the adjustment of status application, typically after an in-person interview, the green card applicant will receive lawful permanent resident status. This is sometimes referred to as “one-step adjustment.”
The Process of Obtaining a Visa for Parents Living Abroad
Generally, the same procedure followed by applicants within the US is followed by those outside of the US. However, if USCIS approves your parents visa application, they will be required to attend an immigration interview which will be held at a US embassy or consulate in their country of residence.
The process is slightly different and takes a bit longer when the parents are living outside of the U.S. at the time of the application. The process takes approximately twelve to eighteen months.
USCIS will then review the applications and, if approved, will be in touch with your parents to advise them on what they need to take to their immigration interview, which will be held at a U.S. embassy or consulate in their home country.
If your parents’ visas are approved, they are given six months within which to enter the US. After arriving in the US, they will be interviewed by immigration officers, who will review their paperwork. They will be granted legal entry as lawful permanent residents if everything is in order.
A Summary of the Documents You Need to Submit
When making your green card application, you need to ensure that you supply the following documentation:
- Passports for parent applicants that are valid for at least six months after entry into the country
- Birth certificate for each applying parent
- Marriage certificate, if parents are still married
- Proof of termination of marriage if parents are no longer married
- An affidavit of support for each parent that is applying
- The official immigration medical examination form issued after the medical exam
- Two passport-sized photographs of each parent
- Any other documents you believe will add to the strength of your case
More About The Affidavit of Support
The signatory of the affidavit of support accepts financial responsibility for the parents applying for a green card. The person who signs the affidavit of support is also called the “sponsor.”
The undertaking to support is legally enforceable against the sponsor and normally lasts until the applicant attains U.S. citizenship. If the parents are the beneficiaries of any form of state support during the time the affidavit is enforceable, the state can demand that the sponsor reimburses it.
The forms can be downloaded at the USCIS website. If you need assistance with the process, it is best to consult a seasoned immigration lawyer.