Many foreign nationals desire to immigrate to the United States and become lawful permanent residents. Often, the legal process is completed at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the person's home country.
Foreign nationals who obtain status as a lawful permanent resident based on marriage are given only conditional status if the marriage that was less than 2 years old at the time permanent resident status is granted.
Lawful permanent residents of the United States have either conditional or unconditional status. Conditional status is granted to spouses of United States citizens or permanent residents if they have not been married more than two years at the time the status is granted.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of foreign nationals seek to come to the United States to avoid persecution based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group.
Immigration to the United States is a common, world-wide desire. Every year, thousands upon thousands of people from all over the world attempt to legally immigrate to America. The reasons vary: some come for freedom from tyranny and opression, others for economic opportunity.
The United States welcomes thousands of foreigners each year, who are coming to the United States temporarily for business or pleasure. However, many people desire to come to the United States not just temporarily, but permanently.
Foreign nationals who wish to become lawful permanent residents generally have two options. The first, for those who are already in the United States, is known as "adjustment of status". However, not every intending immigrant in the United States qualifies for adjustment of status.