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What is the difference?

It's important to understand the distinction:

  • Change of Status: Change of Status is switching from one non-immigrant visa category to another while in the U.S.

  • Adjustment of Status: Adjustment of Status is applying for lawful permanent residency (a green card) from within the U.S.


In both cases, the applicant must meet specific eligibility criteria, and there are procedures and forms associated with each process.

1. Change of Status: Generally, Change of Status (COS) is the process of changing a non-immigrant visa statues to another category while in the United States. To apply for a COS, you or your employer must file an application with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) before your authorized stay expires. 

In general, to apply for a COS, you need to meet the following criteria: 

  • You were lawfully admitted to the U.S. with visa.

  • Your immigrant status is still valid.

  • You have not violated the conditions of your status.

  • You have not committed any crimes that would make you ineligible.


You can apply for a COS if you are currently in the U.S. on a nonimmigrant visa. 

2. Adjustment of Status: Adjustment of status allows individuals already in the United States to seek lawful permanent residency (commonly referred to as obtaining a Green Card). This procedure enables you to secure a Green Card without the need to go back to your home country for visa processing.

If you're currently outside the United States, you'll need to undergo consular processing abroad to obtain your visa.

While many people apply for adjustment of status through family-based or employment-based channels, various categories and paths exist. We can assist applicants across a wide range of situations, including:

  • Immediate relatives of U.S. citizens.

  • Employment-based applicants.

  • Refugees and asylees seeking to become permanent residents.

  • And many other specific categories.

Our Services Include:

  1. Eligibility Assessment: Ensuring you meet all requirements to adjust your status.

  2. Document Preparation: Assisting in gathering necessary documentation, completing forms, and preparing a comprehensive application package.

  3. Interview Preparation: Guiding you through potential interview questions and ensuring you are fully prepared for the USCIS interview.

  4. Continuous Support: Answering any queries or concerns you may have throughout the process.

  5. Follow-up Services: Assisting with any post-decision matters, including the receipt of your Green Card.

Don't Leave Your Future to Chance

Adjustment of status is a pivotal step in your U.S. immigration journey. Any errors or oversights can lead to delays, rejections, or other complications.


While it's possible to venture through this journey on your own, we believe that having an immigration expert by your side for this journey is crucial.

Should you choose to collaborate with us, feel free to reach out or conveniently schedule an appointment online. Whatever your decision, we wish you all the best on your immigration journey.



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