i-130 – adjustment of status – marriage interviews – work permits


The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) permits the change of an individual’s immigration status while in the United States from nonimmigrant or parolee (temporary) to immigrant (permanent) if the individual was inspected and admitted or paroled into the United States and is able to meet all required qualifications for a green card (permanent residence) in a particular category. The common term for a change to permanent status is “adjustment of status.”

The INA provides an individual two primary paths to permanent resident status. Adjustment of status is the process by which an eligible individual already in the United States can get permanent resident status (a green card) without having to return to their home country to complete visa processing.


If you are not a U.S. citizen, you may fall into one of three categories of persons who are eligible to work in the United States.
To be legally employed in the United States, you are required to present documentation to an employer to show that you are authorized to work in the United States.


Applicant’s for residency based on family petitions, and in particular marriage-based petitions are required to appear for a personal interview before USCIS.  The purpose of this interview is to review all of the information on the adjustment of status application to verify that it is complete and accurate and to confirm the applicant’s eligibility for permanent resident status.

Croce & Associates prepares our clients for the adjustment of status interview process in order to alleviate the stress and uncertainty on the applicant.

Croce & Associates provides representation at adjustment interviews for all clients who wish to avail themselves of this service.  This is one of the main benefits of being represented by a licensed attorney rather than a paralegal or notary who can only prepare applications but is not authorized to represent individuals before the U.S. Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Immigration Court.

An improperly prepared application or an unprepared applicant can result in the denial of the application for adjustment and be much more costly in the long term.  Therefore, Croce & Associates recommends the hiring of a licensed attorney with experience in immigration to represent the applicant through the entire process until permanent resident status is granted.  Trust your case to Croce & Associateas.

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Michelangelo Croce

Michelangelo grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and obtained a Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, with a double major in Criminology and Spanish.

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