Becoming a Lawful Permanent Resident of the United States

A Tennessee attorney who helps immigrants with their adjustment of status

Choosing to become a lawful permanent resident is exciting – and it can be a bit overwhelming, too. Whether this is your first step to citizenship, a chance for better opportunities or the realization of a life-long dream, attorney Patrick Slaughter is there to guide and support you. At our Knoxville office, we help immigrants in Tennessee and people from around the world adjust their status and obtain their green cards. We are here to answer your questions, and you can be sure that Patrick will always return your calls, day or night.

The benefits of a green card

Getting your green card gives you more opportunities here in America. You can work anywhere in the U.S. at almost any type of job you’re qualified to hold, and you or your children will be entitled to government financial aid for college. You can also sponsor your spouse and your children (under the age of 21) who live abroad and want to come to America to be with you.

In order to apply for an adjustment of status, you must fill out the I-485. This is one of the more common forms we help our clients with, and we are almost always as excited as the people we help. Patrick can explain just what you need to bring to a meeting about the I-485, and will help you go through the form and your documentation to make sure everything is in order.

Who applies for an adjustment of status?

Immigrants who wish to live permanently in America but who do not want to give up their citizenships in their native country can apply to become permanent lawful residents. Other people fill out the I-485 because:

  • They want to reunite their families in America
  • They have children under the age of 21 who live abroad
  • They have a fiancé(e) who lives in another country
  • Their fiancé(e) lives in America and they want to marry and live in the States
  • They wish to pursue different job opportunities
  • They have won a visa through the Diversity Lottery
  • They are seeking asylum from their native country and government

The rules which govern who may apply for permanent lawful status can be very complicated, and the form can be difficult to navigate without help. Patrick will help guide you through the process. There are people whose sole job is to find errors in applications and forms; our job is to ensure that they do not find any errors because there are no errors. A mistake in the form or the documentation that goes along with it can postpone your adjustment of status, so it is very important to get it right the first time. Patrick and our team can help you with that.

Let us help you with your adjustment of status to a permanent lawful resident

Our team wants to help you take the next step to your better life in America. Attorney Patrick Slaughter offers you support and guidance through the process of adjusting your status, and keeps you up-to-date with your case. To make an appointment at our Knoxville, TN office, please call 865.272.4454 or fill out this contact form.