Apply for your green card when your child is a U.S. citizen
As the parent of a U.S. citizen, you qualify to apply for a green card as an "immediate relative" in the eyes of the USCIS. If you've entered the U.S. legally, you're eligible to start the application process right away.
Use Nolo's Adjustment of Status Checklist for an Immigrant Parent of a U.S. Citizen to maximize your chances for green card success. This checklist will guide you through the process of applying for permanent residence and even let you know when it's appropriate to speak to an attorney. Get the facts on:
what paperwork you need to fill out
where to obtain the paperwork you need
how to fill out your application
what kind of proof you'll need to show the USCIS
how to mail your documents correctly and pay submission fees
Don't let small mistakes or simple oversights delay your green card -- use this checklist to help you gain permanent U.S. residence without any hassle or delay.