Overstaying your tourist visa can be a stressful situation, especially when you’re trying to make a new life (or continue ) in the United States. But, did you know that you may still be able to obtain a green card even if you’ve overstayed your visa and don’t have a US citizen spouse? Here are 10 steps that can help guide you through the process:
1- Determine your eligibility for cancellation of removal: To be eligible for cancellation of removal, you must have been physically present in the United States for a continuous period of at least 10 years, demonstrate good moral character, and show that your removal would result in exceptional and extremely unusual hardship to your qualifying relative.
2- Consult with an experienced immigration attorney: An attorney can help you understand the requirements for cancellation of removal and guide you through the process.
3- Gather evidence: You will need to provide evidence of your eligibility for cancellation of removal, such as employment records, tax returns, and medical records.
4- Attend the hearing: You must attend the hearing and present your case to the Immigration Judge.
5- Obtain approval of cancellation of removal: If cancellation of removal is granted, you may be eligible to apply for a green card.
6- Determine eligibility for adjustment of status: If you are in the United States and eligible for adjustment of status, you can apply for a green card using Form I-485. You may need to have an approved I-130, I-526 or I-140, such as an EB-2 NIW, to be eligible.
7- Meet other eligibility requirements: You must meet all other eligibility requirements for a green card, such as being admissible to the United States and not having committed certain crimes.
8- Pay fees and provide biometrics: You will need to pay the appropriate fees for your application and biometric services.
9- Attend interview and receive decision: After the USCIS officer reviews your application and conducts any necessary interviews, they will make a decision on whether to grant or deny your green card application.
10- Receive your green card: If your application is approved, you will receive your green card.
In fiscal year 2021, immigration judges granted approximately 71% of the 3,275 cancellation of removal cases decided, with a slight decrease in the total number of cases from the previous year due to COVID-19 backlogs and slowdown. (see: https://www.justice.gov/jmd/executive-office-immigration-review-eoir-2021)
This means that if you are in this situation, you have a 71% chance to getting legal status and a path to becoming a United States Citizen, without the need to be married to a US Citizen.
Remember, obtaining a green card can be a lengthy and difficult process, but with the right guidance, it is possible to achieve your immigration goals. At HAYMAN-WOODWARD, our experienced attorneys can help you understand the process and guide you every step of the way. Contact us to learn more about how we can help.
Book your appointment today : https://wa.link/haymanwoodward