Immigrants who wish to become lawful permanent residents can seek permanent resident status in one of two ways. For those already in the United States, becoming a permanent resident by a process known as adjustment of status is the preferred route.
Many individuals reside in the United States on a permanent basis as lawful permanent residents. While this is completely lawful, a permanent resident should seriously consider the advantages of becoming a United States citizen. The process to become a U.S. citizen is known as naturalization.
Foreign nationals who have been in the United States unlawfully for more than 6 months are prohibited, upon leaving the United States, from returning to the U.S. for a period of up to 3 years. Individuals who have been in the U.S.