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If I Am Granted Asylum Now, Will I Be Eligible for a Green Card Later?

If I Am Granted Asylum Now, Will I Be Eligible for a Green Card Later?

If you receive a grant of asylum from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), you become eligible to apply for your green card, or for permanent residence status. Your spouse and child also can apply for a green card if they were admitted to the U.S. as asylees or were included in your grant of asylum. The other requirements for eligibility to apply for a green card are as follows:
  • You have been physically present in the U.S. for at least one year following your grant of 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
  • You have not firmly resettled in any foreign country
  • You continue to be admissible to the U.S., or you qualify for a waiver if you are now inadmissible
If you no longer are eligible for aslyee status, then you no longer can apply for a green card. This situation might occur if country conditions change in your home country or you can no longer meet the definition of an asylee due to some change in circumstances. As a result, it may be in your best interest to apply for a green card as soon as you are eligible to do so, so that you do not lose legal status in the event that your circumstances or the situation in your home country changes. When you or a loved one is facing deportation, you face the potential for a family separated by international borders, an inability to reunite, and the loss of the place that you may have called home for many years. The prospect for deportation can be terrifying, particularly if you must return to a country where violence, crime, and poverty are widespread, and one in which you may no longer have family and friends. Our goal is to avoid that possibility at all costs by developing a strong case on your behalf to defend you against deportation, whether it is through the asylum process or another means of obtaining a legal immigration status. Call Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., today at (510) 756-4468, or contact us online in order to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled and experienced deportation defense attorneys. The sooner you contact us, the better we can represent your interests in your deportation case.

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