Application Procedures: Getting Derivative Refugee or Asylum Status for your Spouse
If you entered the United States as a refugee within the past 2 years or were granted asylee status within the past 2 years, and are applying for derivative refugee or asylum status for your spouse, you must submit:
You must file a Form I-730 petition for your spouse 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. See the “Form I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition” link to the right for more information about this petition. No fees are required to submit Form I-730.
Spouse Application Responsibilities
Note: A spouse 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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