Application Procedures: Getting Derivative Refugee or Asylum Status for your Child
If you entered the United States as a refugee within the past 2 years or were granted asylum status within the past 2 years, and are applying for derivative refugee or asylum status for your child, your family relationship will determine the documents you must submit.
For asylum or refugee matters, a child is defined as being unmarried and under 21 when you first filed your application for asylum or refugee status.
Application Process: Mother
If you are a mother applying for refugee or asylum benefits for your child, you must submit:
Application Process: Father
If you are a father applying for refugee or asylum benefits for your child, you must submit:
Application Process: Step-Parent
If you are a step-parent applying for refugee or asylum benefits for your step-child, you must submit:
Application Process: Adoptive Parent
If you are an adoptive parent applying for refugee or asylum benefits for your child, you must submit:
Note: You must file a Form I-730 petition for your child within 2 years of the date you were granted asylum status or within 2 years of admission to the United States as a refugee. This time period may be extended for humanitarian purposes.
No appeal is available for a denial of a Form I-730 petition. No fees are required to submit Form I-730. See the “Form I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition” link to the right for more information.
Your Child's Application Responsibilities
Note: A child who receives derivative refugee or asylum status cannot file a Form I-730 petition on behalf of any other relatives.
Last Reviewed/Updated: 09/03/2009
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