For many refugees, asylum is a lifeline that provides protection that can’t be obtained elsewhere. As a result, those who receive asylum often breathe a sigh of relief knowing that they won’t be forced back to their home country where danger awaits.
Yet many refugees feel a deep sense of uncertainty about their future and where they’ll live. Fortunately, our country’s immigration laws allow asylees to seek an adjustment of status, meaning that, if successful, they can secure lawful permanent residence status.
How asylum seekers qualify for adjustment
In order to qualify for a status adjustment, those who have secured asylum must demonstrate many things. This includes each of the following:
- That they have completed the appropriate application
- That they have been physically in the United States for at least one year as an asylee
- That they have not obtained residency or otherwise resettled in another country
- That they continue to qualify as a refugee or are the child or spouse of a refugee
- That their asylum status is still active
- That they merit the government’s use of discretion in granting an adjustment
These are just some of the issues that you may have to address if you seek status adjustment. As you can see, there are multiple factors that will be taken into consideration when the government addresses the application, which is why it’s important to be holistic in your approach if you hope to successfully adjust your status.
Do you need guidance with your status adjustment?
The immigration laws in the United States can be confusing and challenging to navigate. And even a minor error in the process can lead to delays at best or devastating consequences at worst. That’s why it may be best for you to closely work with a legal professional who is well-versed in this area of the law.
Having lawful permanent resident status and eventually citizenship can be important steps to help focus on rebuilding your life in this country.