If you are granted asylum, you are authorized to work in the United States whether or not you have an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). If for some reason you do not receive an EAD after being granted asylum, you should contact the asylum office that granted your case. You may use the EAD to present to an employer as a List A document on the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification Form. You are eligible to use employment services from One-Stop Career Centers including:
Job search assistance
Occupational skills training
For information, call 1-877-872-5627.
Obtaining a Social Security Card
You may immediately apply for an unrestricted Social Security card at a Social Security office once you have asylees status. You can get Social Security Card information by contacting the Social Security Administration. For more information, see the “Social Security Administration” page.
Asylum for Family
You may request derivative asylum status for your spouse or children who were listed on your asylum application. For more information, see the “Family of Refugees and Asylees” page.
Permanent Residence (Green Card)
After one year in the United States, you may apply for permanent residence (a green card). You must file a Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, for yourself and each qualifying family member who wants to become permanent residents.
All male asylees between the ages of 18 and 26 must register for the Selective Service. If you fail to register for the Selective Service, your ability to become a U.S. citizen or obtain other benefits in the United States may be negatively affected. For Selective Service registration information, see the “Selective Service System” page.