If you have come to the U.S. as a refugee or been granted asylum in the U.S. -- whether from the Asylum Office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services or by an Immigration Judge in court -- you are now allowed to live in the U.S., accept U.S. employment, and travel and return (with a refugee travel document in place of a passport). Additional rights will become yours with time, such as that to apply for a U.S. green card after one year, and to apply for U.S. citizenship four years after that. Learn more about how to protect and make the best use of your refugee or asylum status here.
Rights and Available Benefits After a Grant of Asylum
After you receive your final approval of asylum, you can apply for certain immigration-related and other government benefits and services.
Applying for a Refugee Travel Document
You can travel outside the U.S. as a refugee or asylee, but get a refugee travel document first.
How Can Refugee or Asylee Help Family Come to the U.S.?
You have more than one option when arranging for spouse, children, and other close family to come to the U.S. after your grant of asylee or refugee status.
When Can Asylee Get Green Card for New, Undocumented Spouse?
If the marriage happens after you gain asylum status, you face a long and uncertain procedure to attempt to gain lawful immigration status for an undocumented spouse.
Granted Asylum Status in the U.S.: When You'll Get Your Asylum Documents
You've been granted asylum status in the U.S. -- now how do you prove it to others?
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How to Apply for Permanent Residence (a Green Card) as an Asylee
Once you've spent at least a year in the U.S. in asylum status, you can apply for a green card (adjustment to lawful permanent resident status).
Applying for Permanent Residence as a Refugee
After one year as a refugee, it's time to get your U.S. green card.
What Should I Expect at My Asylum-Based Adjustment of Status Interview at USCIS?
Attending a green card interview one year or more after having been granted asylee status in the United States.
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