Can I petition for my mother to become a resident? 8 Answers as of August 04, 2011

My mom has a visitor visa, and she is going to be here for at least six months. Can I petition her to become a resident meanwhile she is here or does she need to leave the US for me to help her to get her green card? I am an US citizen.

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Law Firm of Caroline Dreyfus PA
Law Firm of Caroline Dreyfus PA | Caroline D J Dreyfus
Hello. Yes, you can petition your mom while she is here in the United States.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 8/2/2011
Kazmi & Sakata
Kazmi & Sakata | Harun Kazmi
Hello, Yes, you can process her Adjustment of Status while she is in the U.S. The filing will permit her to stay beyond her I-94 date while the case is pending. However, you must be careful with the application and timing due to her tourist visa entry.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/4/2011
Hans Burgos, P.A., Immigration Law Offices
Hans Burgos, P.A., Immigration Law Offices | Hans Burgos
You may file a Petition for Relative (Form I-130) on behalf of your mother as she is the immediate relative of a US citizen. And she may file at the same time an Application for Adjustment of Status (Form I-485) allowing her to obtain her green card inside the United States.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 7/28/2011
Reza Athari & Associates, PLLC
Reza Athari & Associates, PLLC | Reza Athari
Yes, you may do that. Be aware if your mom has the intention to come here and then apply for permanent residency, there might be an issue of pre-conceived intent. You may want to discuss it with an immigration attorney.
Answer Applies to: Nevada
Replied: 7/28/2011
Eric M. Mark, Attorney at Law
Eric M. Mark, Attorney at Law | Eric Mark
YOu can petition for her, but she will not be able to remain here without leaving. The petition will take several years to be successful. Filing the petition could make it difficult for her to visit you in the future. You should speak with an immigration lawyer to review your options.
Answer Applies to: New Jersey
Replied: 7/28/2011
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