Becoming a Lawful Permanent Resident (Green Card Holder) Through Asylee Status
If you have been granted asylee status, you are eligible to apply for a Green Card (officially known as a Permanent Resident Card) one year after receiving your grant of asylum.
You are eligible if:
- You are in the United States when you file the application and you have been physically present in the United States for at least one year after being granted asylum;
- You continue to meet the definition of an asylee (or continue to be the spouse or child of an asylee);
- You have not abandoned your asylee status;
- Your grant of asylum has not been terminated;
- You are not firmly resettled in another country; and
- You continue to be admissible to the United States. (A waiver may be available to you under section 209(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act if you are now inadmissible).
For detailed information, please visit our Green Card for Asylees and How Do I Become a U.S. Permanent Resident (for Refugees and Asylees) (PDF, 552.85 KB)pages.
Your spouse and children are also eligible to apply for a Green Card if they were admitted to the United States as asylees or were granted asylum and have been physically present in the U.S. for one year.
How to File
- Read the instructions for Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status;
- Complete and sign your Form I-485;
- Pay the filing fee, if applicable; and
- Provide all required evidence and supporting documentation.
You may also submit Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, together with your Form I-485 or later (for example, when we request it or in person at your interview).
After You File
Once we receive your Form I-485, we will process your application and you will receive a:
- Receipt notice confirming we received your application;
- Biometric services notice, if applicable;
- Notice to appear for an interview, if required; and
- Notice of our decision.