Change of Status Attorneys in Miami
Our Experienced Immigration Lawyers Can Help You Understand Your Options
You can apply to change your status if you were legally admitted into the U.S. with a nonimmigrant visa, and the nonimmigrant visa that you entered on stays valid. For example, if you entered the U.S. on a tourist visa and you now want to study at a local university, you would petition to change your status with USCIS. If you were not to change your status, it would be a violation of U.S. immigration laws.
At Cifuentes-Marrero, P.A., we understand that this area of immigration law can be complex and confusing. That is why our change of status lawyers in Miami are here to help you every step of the way.
Eligibility Requirements for Change of Status
If the purpose of your visit to the U.S. has changed, you will need to file for a change of nonimmigrant status. However, to do so, you must meet several requirements.
To qualify for a change of status, applicants must:
- Hold a visa that is eligible for a change of status
- Be in the U.S. legally with a valid visa
- Follow all of the conditions related to their particular visa
- File for a change of status before their status expires
- Possess a passport that will remain valid during the stay under the new status
Those who meet these requirements are not guaranteed approval of a change of status. USCIS decisions are made on a case-by-case basis. It is crucial to make sure that all forms and supporting paperwork are submitted correctly. Failure to do so could result in a delay or lead to an ultimate rejection of your application.
File As Soon As Possible
The processing times for these and other immigration applications can be quite slow. The USCIS recommends filing a change of status application no later than 60 days before a visa expires. However, you are able to file for a change of status up to six months prior to the expiration of your visa.
At Cifuentes-Marrero, P.A., we believe the sooner you file, the better. If you would like to change your nonimmigrant status, contact our skilled immigration lawyers as soon as possible. We can put our many years of experience and knowledge to work for you to help you achieve your goals.
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