8 U.S.C. § 1257

Current through P.L. 117-57 (published on www.congress.gov on 11/12/2021)
Section 1257 - Adjustment of status of certain resident aliens to nonimmigrant status; exceptions
(a) The status of an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence shall be adjusted by the Attorney General, under such regulations as he may prescribe, to that of a nonimmigrant under paragraph (15)(A), (E), or (G) of section 1101(a) of this title, if such alien had at the time of admission or subsequently acquires an occupational status which would, if he were seeking admission to the United States, entitle him to a nonimmigrant status under such paragraphs. As of the date of the Attorney General's order making such adjustment of status, the Attorney General shall cancel the record of the alien's admission for permanent residence, and the immigrant status of such alien shall thereby be terminated.
(b) The adjustment of status required by subsection (a) shall not be applicable in the case of any alien who requests that he be permitted to retain his status as an immigrant and who, in such form as the Attorney General may require, executes and files with the Attorney General a written waiver of all rights, privileges, exemptions, and immunities under any law or any executive order which would otherwise accrue to him because of the acquisition of an occupational status entitling him to a nonimmigrant status under paragraph (15)(A), (E), or (G) of section 1101(a) of this title.

8 U.S.C. § 1257

June 27, 1952, ch. 477, title II, ch. 5, §247, 66 Stat. 218; Pub. L. 104-208, div. C, title III, §308(f)(1)(P), Sept. 30, 1996, 110 Stat. 3009-621.


AMENDMENTS1996-Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 104-208 substituted "time of admission" for "time of entry".


EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1996 AMENDMENTAmendment by Pub. L. 104-208 effective, with certain transitional provisions, on the first day of the first month beginning more than 180 days after Sept. 30, 1996, see section 309 of Pub. L. 104-208 set out as a note under section 1101 of this title.

ABOLITION OF IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION SERVICE AND TRANSFER OF FUNCTIONSFor abolition of Immigration and Naturalization Service, transfer of functions, and treatment of related references, see note set out under section 1551 of this title.

Attorney General
The term "Attorney General" means the Attorney General of the United States.
The term "Service" means the Immigration and Naturalization Service of the Department of Justice.
The term "alien" means any person not a citizen or national of the United States.
lawfully admitted for permanent residence
The term "lawfully admitted for permanent residence" means the status of having been lawfully accorded the privilege of residing permanently in the United States as an immigrant in accordance with the immigration laws, such status not having changed.
The term "naturalization" means the conferring of nationality of a state upon a person after birth, by any means whatsoever.
The term "permanent" means a relationship of continuing or lasting nature, as distinguished from temporary, but a relationship may be permanent even though it is one that may be dissolved eventually at the instance either of the United States or of the individual, in accordance with law.
The term "residence" means the place of general abode; the place of general abode of a person means his principal, actual dwelling place in fact, without regard to intent.
The terms "admission" and "admitted" mean, with respect to an alien, the lawful entry of the alien into the United States after inspection and authorization by an immigration officer.