Green Card for an Amerasian Child of a U.S. Citizen
This law allows a person who was born in Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Kampuchea (Cambodia), or Thailand between January 1, 1951 and October 21, 1982 and fathered by a U.S. citizen to get a green card (permanent residence) (Public Law 97-359).
For more information, refer to Section 201(b), 203(a)(1), 203(a)(3), and 204(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and 8 CFR 204.4.
You may be eligible to receive a green card (permanent residence) as an Amerasian if you meet all of the following conditions:
To obtain a green card, you must file, or have had filed on your behalf, Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant.
If You Live Outside the United States
You will file Form I-360 at the USCIS office overseas or at the U.S. Embassy or consulate having jurisdiction over your current place of residence. For more information, see the “Consular Processing” webpage.
If You Live Inside the United States
You may file Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, either after you file your Form I-360 or at the same time (concurrently) as the Form I-360. For more information, see the “Concurrent Processing” and “Adjustment of Status” webpages.
Note: Form I-360 may be filed by you, any person over age 18 you designate, or by a corporation incorporated in the United States. For more information on required documentation and processes, see the Form I-360 web page.
Supporting Evidence for Form I-485
You should submit the following evidence with your Form I-485:
Work & Travel Authorization
Generally, when you have a pending Form I-485, it is possible for you to apply for authorization to work in the United States and to seek advance parole (advance permission to travel and be admitted to the United States upon your return). For further information, see our Work Authorization and Travel Documents webpages.
Last Reviewed/Updated: 03/22/2011