My US citizen brother petitioned for me , while I was still living in Mexico on 06 / 20 / 1996 . Our I - 130 was approved . I also listed my husband and my four children on the I - 130 . I was notified by NVC that a visa is now available . We entered the US in Nov . 1998 , with no permit or visa and were not inspected . My question is : Can I apply for adjustment of status in the US and pay the $ 1000 penalty ? Can my husband and children do the same ? My children were all under 18 when the application was submitted but they are all now over 21 . Thank you .