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How Could I Apply for Asylum and Green Card as a Refugee?


As a refugee, I am in the process to apply for asylum in the United States. How could I also apply for U.S. Green Card?


A person who qualifies as a refugee may be eligible for asylum in the United States. A grant of asylum eventually leads to lawful permanent residence in most cases.

To qualify the individual involved must show that he or she is unable or unwilling to return to the country of nationality and is unable or unwilling to avail him/herself of the protection of that country due to past persecution or a well founded fear of future persecution on account of the individual’s race, religion, nationality, political view, or membership in a certain social group.

The persecutor may be either the government of that country or other groups that the government is unwilling or unable to control. Please note that the grant of Asylum is discretionary. In order to be eligible for a Green Card as a refugee, you must meet the following requirements:
  • You properly file Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status;
  • You were admitted into the United States as a refugee under section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA);
  • You are physically present in the United States at the time you file your Form I-485;
  • You have been physically present in the United States for at least one year after your admission as a refugee at the time you file your Form I-485;
  • Your refugee status has not been terminated;
  • You have not already acquired permanent resident status; and
  • You are admissible to the United States for lawful permanent residence or eligible for a waiver of inadmissibility or other form of relief.




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