By CAROLINA VALDIVIA
After 14 years of growing up undocumented in the United States, my husband and I recently received the news that our adjustment of status application was approved and that I am now a legal permanent resident. It took about 6 months from the date we submitted our adjustment of status application to the day we received our approval letter in the mail. I want to share my timeline and resources because I know how helpful it can be to hear about the process and what to expect (though you should keep in mind that every process and wait time varies). Here is my timeline:
1) USCIS received our Adjustment of Status application: Early September 2015
2) I received my letter with biometrics appointment: Mid September 2015
2a) Biometrics appointment scheduled for Late September 2015
3) I received a Request for Evidence (RFE) letter, which I responded to shortly after: Mid October 2015
4) I received a work authorization card: Late December 2015
5) We received a letter with the date of our interview: Early January 2016
5a) Interview scheduled for Mid February 2016
5b) Our application was approved the day after our interview
6) We received our approval letter and legal permanent resident card in the mail: Late February 2016
A couple more things to note: I was a DACA beneficiary prior to submitting our adjustment of status application. And I had proof of legal entry into the United States so I did not have to do advance parole (though I know this is an option for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) beneficiaries). If you have DACA and want to travel abroad- check out these “Advance Parole” posts, which feature the experiences and timelines of fellow DACA beneficiaries. I also recommend checking out Prerna Lal’s blog where you can find her experience, advice on traveling abroad, and much more.
If you have any questions/concerns, feel free to comment below and I will do my best to answer them from my experience.
Please note that I am sharing my experience and relevant resources. Although we aim to provide the most accurate information, the information in this website does not constitute legal advice.
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