Refugees and asylees can apply for a green card.
If you were
Then you may apply for permanent residence
admitted to the United States as:
- a refugee
- a qualifying family member of an asylee
1 year after your entry into the United States
granted asylum in the United States
1 year after the grant of your asylum status
Note: As a refugee, you are required by law to apply for permanent resident status 1 year after being admitted to the United States. As an asylee, you are not required to apply for permanent resident status after being granted asylum for 1 year, although it may be in your best interest to do so.
For more information on how refugees, asylees, and their family members can apply for green cards see the following links to the left:
Explains the refugees eligibility criteria and application process for a green card.
Explains the aslyees and their family members eligibility criteria and application process for a green card.
For more information about applying for refugee and asylum status, see our Humanitarian page.