Asylum/Refugee Status

Both these status are closely related. They differ only in the place where a person asks for the status asylum is asked for in the US; refugee status is asked for outside of the United States. However, all people who are granted asylum must meet the definition of a refugee.

Adjustment to Permanent Residency

No limits are set on the number of individuals who may be granted asylum in the United States. Those who are granted asylum should stay at least for one year before they apply for permanent status.

The application has to be filed in Form I-485 along with prescribed fee, fingerprint fee, 2 photos and a score of other documents. It is very essential to meet the appointment schedule as otherwise the applicant faces the risk of immediate deportation.

Traveling outside the United States

People, who are applying for asylum and want to travel outside the United States, must receive advance permission before they leave US in order to return to the United States. This is called Advance Parole. Without obtaining Advance Parole, such applicants may not be permitted to return to the US. If the application for asylum is granted, one can apply for a Refugee Travel Document, which allows traveling out and coming back to US.

Work Permit

Asylum applicants cannot apply for employment authorization at the same time they apply for asylum. Rather, one should wait 150 days after the USCIS receives a complete application before he can apply for employment authorization. The USCIS has 30 days to either grant or deny your request for employment.

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Dos Launches New Website In Spanish Language
The U.S. Department Of State Launched Spanish.State.Gov, A New Website For Spanishspeaking Members Of The U.S. And International Public. The Site Features A Selection Of Information From The Department's Englishlanguage Site At Www.State.Gov

Cbp Gets Another Weapon In Its Armor; Expedited Removal Authorization
The Cbp Has Been Granted The Power To Place Certain Aliens In Expedited Removal Proceedings. The Dhs Believes That This Step Will Enhance National Security And Public Safety By Facilitating Prompt Immigration Determinations And Enable Dhs To Deal More Effectively With Large Volume Of Persons Seeking Illegal Entry Into The Us.

Senator Cornyn To Chair Senate&Cedil;S Immigration Subcommittee
U.S. Senator John Cornyn Will Chair The Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee On Immigration, Border Security And Citizenship. The Subcommittee Has Jurisdiction Over Immigration, Citizenship, And Refugee Laws, And Oversight Of The Immigrationrelated Functions Of The Department Of Homeland Security.

Dos Announces Changes In Fee Structure
In A Recent Announcement In The Federal Register, The U.S. Department Of State Announced A Number Of Changes In Their Fee Structure, Effective March 8. The Changes Include Increase In The Surcharge For Dv Lottery Winners From $100 To $375 And The Introduction Of The New $500 Antifraud Fee For Principals In L Blanket Visa Cases.

Cbp, Texas Strengthen Partnership To Ensure Border Security
U.S. Customs And Border Protection (Cbp) Commissioner W. Ralph Basham And Texas Gov. Rick Perry Met Last Week To Reaffirm Their Commitment To Work Together To Secure Texas's Southern Border And Facilitate The Flow Of Legitimate Trade And Travel.

Cgfns New India Pilot Project
Cgfns International And Ahed Global Healthcare, Inc., A Global Continuing Education Provider, Recently Announced The Rollout Of A Pilot Project In India For The Cgfns Assessment Of General Knowledge (Cgfns-Agnk) Examination. The Pilot Rollout In India Focuses On Enhancing The Employability Of Nurses Within India And In Other Non-Us Countries. The Test Does Not Substitute For The State Nursing Council Examination Required For Licensure In India. The Test Will Be Used By Schools Of Nursing And Healthcare Systems In India As A Screening Mechanism For Measuring Fundamental Nursing Knowledge And Predicting Work Success For Pre Or Post-Licensed Nurses.

Uscis Introduces Online Change Of Address
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Launched A New Webbased Service Allowing Uscis Customers To Submit Change Of Address Information Online.

Tips For U.S. Citizens And Permanent Residents Traveling Internationally.
U.S. Citizens And Green Card Holders Vacationing Abroad This Holiday Season Can Make Their Own Travel Easier By Reading The Tips On International Travel Provided By U.S. Customs Border Protection (Cbp) In 'Know Before You Go' Available At Cbp's Web Site.

Uscis Carries Out Random Selection Process For H1b Petitions
The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Today Conducted The Computergenerated Random Selection Processes On H1b Petitions, To Select Which H1b Petitions For Fiscal Year 2009 (Fy 2009) Would Continue To Full Adjudication. If Approved These H1b Petitions Will Be Eligible To Receive An H1b Visa Number.

Get Ready! Dhs Gears Up To Prepare You For Emergency
Throughout The Month Of September, Hundreds Of Activities Are Planned Across The Country To Highlight The Importance Of Individual Emergency Preparedness. "National Preparedness Month Will Give Everyone An Opportunity To Work Toward A Better Prepared America," Said Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge.

Uscis Centralizes Initial Naturalization Application Processing
U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Announced Today It Has Centralized Initial Processing Of All Applications For Naturalization (Form400) At Its National Benefits Center In Missouri. This Change Is Part Of The Uscis Initiative To Increase The Efficiency Of Case Management And Improve Customer Service.

Uscis Memo On Establishment Of Ircu For Eb5 Matters
In An Interoffice Memorandum The U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Has Announced That Oversight For Policy And Regulation Development, Field Guidance, Form Design, Case Auditing, And Training Regarding Regional Center Adjudications And Associated Investor Petitions Within The Eb5 Investor Program, Shall Reside With Prd/Investor And Regional Center Unit (Ircu).

Tsc Pilots New Adjustment Processing System
In An Effort To Streamline The Adjudications Procedures, Texas Service Center (Tsc) Started The "Plus Pilot" Program For Adjudicating Concurrentlyfiled Adjustment Of Status Application Packets. Until Recently, Each Form In A Typical Aos Packet Was Separated And Sent To A Different Officer For A Preliminary Name Check And Adjudication. This Often Caused Confusion And Led To Lost Documentation And Delays In Processing.

Eoir Fact Sheet On Bia Streamlining
On August 23, 2002, The Attorney General Issued A Final Rule That Restructured The Board Of Immigration Appeals (Bia Or Board Revising The Organization And Procedures Of The Board.

Image Program Launched By Ice In Puerto Rico
The U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement (Ice), In Cooperation With Several Local Businesses, This Morning Launched The Ice Mutual Agreement Between Government Employers (Image) For Puerto Rico And The U.S. Virgin Islands.

Cbp Opens Complaint Processing Center
The Complaints Processing Center Will Focus On Ways To Expedite The Processing Of Formal Complaints And Assist In Facilitating The Resolution Of Complaints, At The Lowest Possible Level.

Dol Releases Final Rule On E-3 Visa Lca Requirements
Dol Releases Final Rule On E-3 Visa Lca Requirements

Visa Waiver Program Agreement Signed With Korea
The U.S. Department Of Homeland Security (Dhs) Secretary Michael Chertoff Signed Today A Visa Waiver Program (Vwp) Memorandum Of Understanding (Mou) With Korean Minister Of Foreign Affairs And Trade Yu Myunghwan. The Security Enhancements Outlined In The Agreement Puts Korea On The Path Toward Visafree Travel To The U.S., And Potential Designation As A Vwp Member As Early As Later This Year.

Samenfink Heads Cbp&Cedil;S Modernization Office
U.S. Customs And Border Protection (Cbp) Has Announced The Appointment Of 26Year Cbp Veteran Louis Samenfink As Executive Director Of The Agency's Modernization Office.

Uscis Revises Instructions On Where To Submit Applications Previously Processed By Its Tijuana Field Office
U. S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (Uscis) Today Revised Its Instructions On Where To Submit Applications Previously Processed By Its Tijuana Field Office. The Tijuana Field Office Is Closing On July 3, 2008 And To Prepare, The Agency Stopped Accepting The Following Applications And Transferred Responsibilities As Reflected Below.