Oviedo, FL asked in Immigration Law for Florida

Q: I am a US citizen..My mother have Tourist visa, she is 86 and recently my father died,she is leaving in Ecuador ,

I am planning to get her here to live with me..Can I ask the immigration officer for adjust of status at the port of entrance ? O need to start the petition while she is over there? ..She is alone in Ecuador...my brother and sister can’t take care of her but I am

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Ms Grace I Gardiner
Ms Grace I Gardiner
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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • New York, NY

A: 1.No You cannot ask the immigration to adjust her at the port of entry

2. You can file the Petition for alien relative, wait about six to nine months for approval, then adjust status thru the embassy. She would arrive in the USA in about a year or less.

3. Please feel free to call me at 813-961-6119 for email me for other options

Kyndra L Mulder
Kyndra L Mulder
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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: There is no adjustment of status at the border. You will need to sponsor her by filing the proper forms with supporting documents. If she is seeking an immigrant visa she will need to go through consulate processing. If she is in the USA she may adjust through the USCIS.

Kevin D. Slattery Esq.
Kevin D. Slattery Esq.
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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Tampa, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Consider scheduling a consultation with a competent and experienced immigration attorney who can advise you and your mother the proper procedure for immigrating permanently to the U.S. given her intent to do so from outside of the United States. If she has preconceived intent from outside of the United States to acquire a green card, entering on a visitor visa to pursue adjustment of status would be improper. A consular processing based case would likely be in order. Again, perhaps seek out the counsel of a good lawyer. Many law offices during the COVID-19 pandemic are offering telephone and online video consultations.

Ileana M Rivera
Ileana M Rivera
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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Orlando, FL

A: Dear U.S. citizen, you are unable to adjust status at the border. I wish there was a simple answer, but in reality, there are different options to immigrate to the U.S. During the pandemic the process has become even longer. In this case, it would be best to talk directly to an attorney that can explain to you the options, the time frames, and the cost of immigrating to the U.S.

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