Can I become a US resident with a seaman visa? 8 Answers as of January 18, 2011

If you came in the US with a seaman visa, is it possible for to become a resident?

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Feldman Feldman & Associates, PC
Feldman Feldman & Associates, PC | Lynne Feldman
If you came on a D-1 and were employed as a seaman then you do not have the privilege of obtaining your permanent residency through adjustment of status. You can still become a permanent resident but must do it through consular processing.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 1/18/2011
Carlos E. Sandoval, P.A.
Carlos E. Sandoval, P.A. | Carlos Sandoval
No, if you overstay you won't be able to adjust status in the future.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 1/17/2011
Law Office of Michael E. Hendrickson
Law Office of Michael E. Hendrickson | Michael E. Hendrickson
No, I would think not.
Answer Applies to: Virginia
Replied: 1/13/2011
Theresa E. Tilton, Attorney at Law
Theresa E. Tilton, Attorney at Law | Theresa E. Tilton
It is not possible to adjust status to US resident from a seaman's visa. You will need to find some other way to get an immigrant visa.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 1/11/2011
441 Legal Group, Inc.
441 Legal Group, Inc. | Gareth H. Bullock
Only if you are 245(i) eligible.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 1/11/2011
    Law Office of Immigration & International Trade Law
    Law Office of Immigration & International Trade Law | Linda Liang
    Check your visa for restriction.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 1/10/2011
    Goodman, Dicus, and Teinert, LLP
    Goodman, Dicus, and Teinert, LLP | Scott W. Dicus
    A seaman/crewman visa will not lead to U.S. citizenship. A seaman visa is a nonimmigrant visa. When you get a nonimmigrant visa, the U.S. government assumes you will perform a specific activity while you are in the U.S. You are therefore given a specialized visa authorizing that activity - and only that activity - for a specific, limited time. While green cards are permanent, all nonimmigrant visas are temporary. Additionally, from a strictly legal standpoint, getting a nonimigrant visa will not help you to get a green card, nor will it hurt you.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 1/10/2011
    Nicastro Piscopo, APLC
    Nicastro Piscopo, APLC | Louis M. Piscopo
    Generally, individuals you entered the U.S on a crewman/seaman visa (either C-1 or D-1) are ineligible for adjustment of status unless protected under Section 245(i). There is a narrow exception for some C-1 based on the purpose of their entering the U.S.. The matter should be reviewed by an immigration attorney.

    If not eligible to adjust your status you would have to consular process outside the U.S.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 1/10/2011
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