ASYLUM OR REFUGEE STATUS

If you have been physically present in the United States for at least one year after your asylum application has been approved or since you were admitted as a refugee, you may apply for LPR status. If you are a refugee it is mandatory that you apply promptly for adjustment of status. Adjustment of status is not mandatory for asylees, but it provides them increased rights and security.

Many grounds of inadmissibility do not apply to those adjusting status as asylees or refugees. Additionally, for those grounds of inadmissibility that do apply, the standards for a waiver are generally more generous than other types of waiver applications. During the adjustment of status process USCIS may re-examine the initial grounds of asylum or refugee status to make sure there are no indications of fraud or TRIG (terrorism related inadmissibility grounds) that were previously undetected. For these reasons it is important that an individual exercise caution in completing the application thoroughly and consistently with information previously provided. Our office has assisted many asylees and refugees in successfully obtaining permanent residence. Please contact us for more information on how we can assist you with this process.

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