Some Ohio residents may be interested in the way permanent resident status may be obtained in the United States. At this time, federal law allows foreign nationals to apply at the U.S. consulate in their home country or by petitioning for an adjustment of status when already in the United States.
Visa availability varies by category. Individuals in certain categories may need to wait until visas are open to them. If visa openings exist, the foreign national may file Form I-485 at the same time as the petition for permanent status. This concurrent filing may be open to those whose relatives are U.S. citizens.