Can I become a lawful permanent resident if I hold refugee status? What are the requirements?
Yes. If you were admitted as a refugee, you are required by law to apply for a green card (permanent residence) in the United States one year after being admitted as a refugee if you:
- Have been physically present in the U.S. for at least one year after being granted refugee status;
- Have not had your refugee admission terminated; and
- Have not already acquired permanent resident (green card) status.1
In order to file for adjustment of status to become a legal permanent resident, there are many forms that you need to file. Go to the USCIS website here and scroll down to the section called “Supporting Evidence For Form I-485” to read the long list of documents that must be filed. As in any other immigration proceeding, it is always recommended to speak with a lawyer who can help you to file the correct documents. To find a lawyer, please go to the Finding a Lawyer page and select your state or our National Organizations - International/ Immigration page.
1See USCIS website's “Green Card for a Refugee”