Adjustment of Status and Consular Processing
The final step in getting permanent residence, or "a green card" as it is commonly called, is for the scholar to file for permanent residence. This part of the application is between the individual, CIS, and the U.S. Department of State. The final step can be done while the scholar is inside the U.S., in which case it is referred to as Adjustment of Status, or when the scholar is outside the U.S., referred to as Consular Processing. The Office of Global Services acts as a resource for information on this phase of attaining permanent residence. Our information is generic and does not take the place of legal counsel. We request all scholars for whom an I-140 is filed to have a personal appointment to discuss the final phase in applying for a green card. If the scholar has a complex or unusual case, retaining a competent immigration attorney for this portion of the application is advisable. The Office of Global Services can provide referrals to immigration attorneys in the metropolitan region. The Office of Global Services will discuss this option with scholars at the time of filing the I-140.