If you or your relative entered the U.S. illegally by crossing the border or without inspection, careful strategy must be in place prior to the filing of any petition / application for immigration benefits. In fact, proof of lawful entry (or a waiver) is required in every case. Ignorance of this requirement particular requirement has placed many foreign nationals into deportation / removal proceedings.
However, a foreign national that entered without inspection may still get his / her Green Card through adjustment of status by way of certain provisions in the law. While the options are limited, contact our offices Sperling to get a full assessment on your case.