Adjustment of status, strictly speaking, is the procedure by which an alien who has been inspected and admitted or paroled into the United States is given the status of an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence without having to depart the country.
Bracete, Juan M.
"A Primer on Adjustment of Status in the United States,"
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