I am married and my U.S. citizen mother filed a petition for me many years ago. I am in the U.S. legally. How do I know when I can file to adjust my status?

Every month, the U.S. Department of State publishes a Visa Bulletin showing when a foreign national waiting for a visa number is eligible to file for adjustment of status or to process an immigrant visa abroad. When a U.S. person files a petition for a foreign national, the day that the federal immigration authorities receive the filing fee establishes the foreign national beneficiary’s place in line for a visa. This is known as a “Priority Date.” When the Visa Bulletin show that date to be reached, a foreign national is eligible for an immigrant visa number and can file to adjust status, or can receive an immigrant visa abroad.

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