I’m 20 years old and will turn 21 in a few months. My mom was granted U.S. asylum last year but she didn’t include me in her application. I’m still living in Iran. She recently filed an I-730 petition for me to join her in the U.S., but I heard that I won’t be considered a “child” under U.S. immigration law after I turn 21! Will I still be able to come to the United States if my application is not approved before I turn 21?
U.S. law allows certain people who cannot or do not want to return to their home country because of past persecution or the danger of future persecution to live in the United States as refugees or asylees. However, the source or danger of persecution sometimes disappears after a refugee or asylee has
Question I am a Sudanese refugee in the United States. I am 21 years old, and came to the U.S. from Egypt over a year ago. My family was separated during the war. My mother fled to Chad with my little sister (who is 14 years old), and my father made it to Egypt, joining my half-brother (who is 24), one
Question I am a citizen of Bangladesh and a human rights activist. I have asylum in the United States. The organization I work for wants me to speak at a conference in Ethiopia next week. Can I travel to the conference on such short notice? Answer Based on your having been granted asylum, you can apply
Question I am a citizen of Venezuela who recently won asylum. My grandmother, who took care of me in my country, is very sick. I would like to see her before she dies. Can I return home for a short visit? Answer To be granted asylum, you had to convince an Immigration Judge or Asylum Officer that you
Question I am from Albania and was granted asylum two years ago. My fiancé recently arrived in the United States — he walked across the border from Mexico. We married in city hall. Can I get status for my undocumented husband? Answer In some situations, it is possible to include a spouse in your asylum
If you’ve won asylum in the United States, you’ll want to be able to prove your new status to others, such as to potential employers and the Social Security Administration (SSA). However, you won’t receive a card or any convenient form of proof right away. The bureaucracy moves a bit slower than
I was granted asylum in the U.S. just over a year ago, and am now putting together my adjustment of status application to get a green card. I keep seeing “Form I-864 Affidavit of Support” listed as part of the requirements to apply for adjustment of status. But I don’t have anyone who can be my financial sponsor. My income is very low, too. Do I need to have a sponsor fill out Form I-864 for me? Is my low income going to cause problems when I apply for the green card?
My family came to the U.S. from Sri Lanka, and my mother was granted asylum. My father, my brother, and I were all listed on her I-589 asylum application. So, we all got asylum at the same time. That was over a year ago. Now my parents are very busy and say they have not had time to apply for a green card. But I am in college, and would like to apply for mine, and get this matter settled. Do I have to wait for them, or can I apply alone? And will it be a problem if I turn 21 before I get my green card?
Question It’s been two years since I came to the U.S. as a refugee, I have not applied for a green card, and I hear I was supposed to do so after one year – can I still apply, or have I missed my chance? Answer Yes, you can still apply. It is true that the law says that, as a refugee, you should
Question I am a refugee from Iraq. The one-year anniversary of my admission to the U.S. is coming up very soon and I am ready to apply for my green card. But I had to plead guilty to child abuse last month, because I beat my son after he was caught stealing. I am very sorry for what I did. And now I
My wife came from a tribe in Somalia that was the subject of persecution, and she and I fled to the United States. She applied for asylum, and put my name on the application. We were both granted asylum two years ago. However, we had marital problems, and our divorce is about to become final. Now my question is, what happens to my asylum approval? I’m actually from a different tribe from my wife, but I am scared to go back to Somalia too, since everyone knows we were married, and associates me with her. Can I stay in the U.S.?