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Tuesday, May 9, 2023

USCIS to Provide Asylee I-94 and Green Cards to Cases Approved by IJs and BIA

On May 4, 2023, USCIS announced that the agency is providing status documents for people who were granted asylee or permanent resident status by the Immigration Court and Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).

Foreign nationals usually apply for legal status from the USCIS.  However, some individuals in removal cases have their cases heard and decided by the Immigration Court or the BIA.  When status is granted by an Immigration Judge or the BIA, an applicant sometimes had difficulties obtaining proof of their legal status.  The recent announcement means that USCIS is actively and affirmatively providing status documents to applicants after their cases are approved by the Immigration Court and/or the BIA.  

These documents include (1) Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record, with asylee stamps, which are issued to applicants who have been granted political asylum; and (2) Permanet Resident Cards (green cards) for individuals who have been granted adjustment of status

(Immigration laws and policies change regularly.  If you have any questions regarding this article, please visit www.1visa1.com to schedule a legal consultation.)  

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