Refugee Status is granted to individuals who left their native country for their security reasons, and are afraid of retuning back. These refuges can apply for the adjustment of status and apply for Refugee Green Card if they have stayed one year in the United States. The total one-year period is considered from the date that your I-94, Arrival-Departure Record, was issued.
Who Is It For
Refugee Status is for people who are unable to go back to their countries due to their safety and now they want to stay in the USA and seek Green Card through adjustment of status.
How to Qualify?
You may be eligible for lawful permanent resident (LPR) status if you:
- Have been physically present in the United States for at least one year after being known as a refugee;
- Are physically present in the U.S. at the time of filing Form I-485;
- Have not had your refugee status terminated; and
- Already received a Green Card.
- For detailed information, please read, Green Card for Refugeeand How Do I Become a U.S. Permanent Resident (for Refugees and Asylees)
For applying for permanent residence as a Refugee, You must:
- Read the guidelines for Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status;
- Fill up and sign your Form I-485; and
- Submit all required documents, including Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record.
Once USCIS receives your Form I-485, you will receive a:
- Submission Acknowledgement
- Biometric letter
- Letter for attending an interview, if required; and
- Notice of decision.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services do not ask for any fee for the applications. You are required to provide all documents as per the following list to apply for green card for refugee:
- Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or to Adjust Status.
- Form G-28, Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative, if you are appointing an attorney to do everything on your behalf.
- Form I-693, Report of your Medical Exam and Vaccination Record, signed and acknowledged by you and a civil surgeon, in a closed envelope. a designated civil surgeon (doctor) must be contacted in order to make sure you have all of your required vaccinations, and get any absent ones. But, if you fit into one of the following two categories, then the doctor is required to conduct a full exam and complete the whole I-693 for you:
- Medical grounds of inadmissibility were recorded when you arrived in the U.S. such as a communicable disease or psychological disorder that poses a risk to the public.
- – Your refugee status was granted by an approved Form I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition.
- A certified copy of criminal record if you have ever been detained, or convicted.
- Evidence of eligibility of your refugee status, such as a copy of your I-94 or a copy of your Employment Authorization Document.
- Evidence of the time you lived in the US. Provide copies of your pay stubs or government benefits.
- Two passport-style photos. Your name and A-number on the back must be written, in pencil. (This is helpful in case the photos get separated from the rest of your application.)
- Evidence of any lawful name change since you were approved your refugee status, if applicable, such as a copy of a court order or marriage certificate showing your new name.
All documents in a language other than English must be translated into English by authorized body, or notary public.
You must fill out a separate I-485 application packet for each family member who wish to apply for a U.S. green card.
There is no fees to apply for refugee green card.
If you successfully passed Us Green Card Process and received refugee status as a family unit and you all came in the United States together, you can lodge your applications together. For each person, who needs a refugee green card, a separate application must be filled up. In filing, do not forget to check the applicant has at least one year in the United States. It is very important to note that USCIS will investigate your case and then decide accordingly. Many files are refused due to not meeting up the specific criteria set by USCIS. Reading all documents on how to apply Green Card being a refugee is a must for you. USCIS will only approve genuine refugee cases only.
Source: U.S. Department of State