Needless to say, the basic benefit of applying for adjustment of status is that the alien has reached the final step of getting a Green Card. Once the application is approved, the alien gains permanent resident status in the United States.
In addition, there are three other major benefits during the pending period of adjustment of status:
Advance Parole allows an alien to travel abroad during the pending period of his or her adjustment of status application, without abandoning the Benefits associated with applying for an adjustment of status. If you have advance parole, you do not need to apply for a non-immigrant visa to return back to the U.S. Also, in some situations (such as for holders of H or L visas) advance parole is not required at all and the alien is able to travel outside of the U.S. without the USCIS considering their AOS application abandoned. For more details regarding Advance Parole, please click here.
The Work Permit allows an alien to work for any employer in the United States during the pending period of his or her adjustment of status application. For more details regarding a Work Permit, please click here.
(Updated 10/10/2012 by AD)
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