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Refugee- Frequently Asked Questions


Will my spouse or child be notified of the decision on derivative refugee status?

Yes, your spouse or child will be notified of the decision on their refugee status.

  • If your spouse or child is outside the U.S., they will be notified to go to their local U.S. consulate to complete the processing
  • If your spouse or child is currently inside the U.S., the USCIS will notify them if the application is approved by sending Form I-797, Notice of Action

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Will I get a work permit for my derivative refugee spouse or child?

Yes, your spouse or any child over the age of 14 will be eligible to work after your spouse or child’s application for derivative refugee status has been approved and your spouse or child has been admitted to the U.S.

  • Upon admission to the U.S., the USCIS will issue your spouse or child an I-94 Arrival - Departure Document that will prove that your spouse or child is a refugee and is allowed to work in the U.S.
  • Your spouse or child also has the option to file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. This form may be filed at the same time that you file for derivative refugee status for your spouse or child. However, a work permit will not be granted until after the application for derivative refugee status has been approved and your spouse or child is admitted to the U.S.
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