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Asylum - Frequently Asked Questions


How can I appeal a denial of my Asylum application?

If the Immigration Judge denies your Asylum application, you will receive a notice telling you how to appeal the decision.

  • Generally, you may appeal within 30 days of receiving the denial
  • After your appeal form and a required fee are processed, the appeal will be referred to the Board of Immigration Appeals in Washington, DC

Do I need to notify USCIS if I move?

Yes, you must also notify in writing the local Asylum office where your case is pending of any change of address.

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How can I check the status of my Asylum application?

You may check status by using VisaPro's free visa status service.


When can I apply to become a Lawful Permanent Resident as an asylee?

You may apply for lawful permanent resident status after you have been physically present in the U.S. for a period of one year after the date you were granted Asylum status. To apply for lawful permanent resident status, you must submit a separate Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, for yourself and each qualifying family member.

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