Make Your Temporary Visa
If you came to the U.S. legally with a nonimmigrant visa but want to stay here as an immigrant, you may be eligible to adjust status, or turn your temporary visa into a permanent one. People in the following situations may be eligible.
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You can likely adjust status now if you're an immediate relative (spouse, parent, child) of a citizen. This applies even to people who are in the U.S. illegally because they overstayed their visas.
Employers can request that their employees recieve immigrant visas. However, there are only 140,000 employment-based green cards given out each year, so how soon you can adjust status depends on where you're from and when you apply.
The government allows people who came to the U.S. as refugees to adjust status after one year. People who assisted the U.S. military (and certain family members) U/T visa-holders, VAWA recipients,, and others may also adjust status.