Many individuals living in Massachusetts may wonder how they can become an American citizen. An adjustment of immigration status is when a person's status is changed from non-immigrant, or temporary resident, to immigrant, or legal U.S. resident. If the person seeking the adjustment is already in the U.S., they may be able to seek their green card if they meet all of the qualifications. Those who are still in their home country may go through consular processing in order to obtain a visa.
While the process for seeking an adjustment of status appears to be relatively simple, it can be a lengthy process. Someone who wishes to adjust their immigration status must first determine what category they fit into. For example, if immigrants have family members who are U.S. citizens, the family members may file a family-based petition. Immigrant workers may have employment-based petitions filed by their employer on their behalf. Categories for those who sought refugee or asylum status are also available.