Individuals who are refugees or have held
asylum status for a minimum of one year may be eligible to apply for lawful permanent
residency, or a
green card, by filing a Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or
Adjust Status with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
(USCIS). To be eligible, you must have been physically present in the
US as an asylee or refugee for at least one year.
Along with your Form 1-485, you will need to provide the following:
- A fingerprint fee (if age 14 or older)
- An 1-485 filing fee
- Form G-28, if applicable, signed by both you and an attorney or authorized
- Form I-485, signed, with Box “d” of Part 2 marked.
- Two appropriately sized photos with your name and A-number written on the
back, in an envelope stapled to the lower left corner
- Form G-325, signed
- Evidence of asylee status, such as a copy of your Form I-94 and a clear
copy of the letter granting asylum
- Form I-602, Application by Refugee for Waiver on Grounds of Excludability,
- Evidence of presence in the United States for at least one year, such as
a letter of employment, a lease, school enrollment records, etc.
- Proof of any periods of absence from the US since being granted asylum status
- A birth certificate or other birth record
- Records of any name changes since being granted asylum
- Form I-693, Medical with Vaccination Supplement
I Have the Needed Documents – How Do I File?
You will need to prepare a separate I-485 packet for each applicant, including
any spouse or children who derived asylee or refugee status from you,
the principal. These packets should be assembled in the same order as
listed above, with a single staple or strong paper clip to hold everything
together. While several application packages may be submitted in the same
mailing, they should be properly labeled. Likewise, any documents written
in a foreign language must include a certified English translation.
All asylum and refugee adjustment applications should be mailed to the
Nebraska Service Center, as well as any concurrently filed Form I-131
or Form I-765 forms. If you receive a notification that your Form I-485
has been transferred to a local USCIS office, however, any subsequent
forms should also be sent to the same office.
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immigration-related matter, seeking permanent residence as a refugee or asylee can
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