At a Crossroads? Choosing between Adjustment of Status (AOS) and Consular Processing (CP)
I am married to or about to marry a U.S. citizen, should I stay or leave the United States when I file for my green card?
I am asked this question about once a week, and rightly so!
There is no right or wrong answer but it is important to consider your options, especially if you travel abroad frequently, have been or will be in the U.S. unlawfully, and/or have recently entered the U.S. on an employment visa (with non-immigrant intent).
The following is a summary of the advantages and disadvantages for adjustment of status and consular processing:
Adjustment of Status (AOS) – the process of obtaining legal permanent residence (green card) from inside the U.S.
Consular Processing (CP) - the process of obtaining legal permanent residence (green card) from outside the U.S.
Whether you decide to move forward with consular processing or adjusting status, you should carefully consider the following and speaking to an attorney to help you determine which process is the best option for you.