Adjustment of Status for Asylees
By law, only 10,000 asylees can adjust status to Lawful Permanent Resident per year; however, USCIS is receiving between 15,700 and 28,200 applications per year. As a result, as of March 1, 2004, approximately 160,000 asylee adjustment applications were pending. We anticipate that we will process pending applications according to the following schedule:
We emphasize that these dates are APPROXIMATIONS; unforeseen occurrences may delay processing.
If you move, please notify the Nebraska Service Center by sending a letter or Form AR-11, Change of Address Form, to:
USCIS Nebraska Service Center
You must also send an AR-11 to the address listed on the form to meet your legal requirements for reporting a change of address.
Be sure to include your case receipt number or A-number. Please note that only address changes will be processed at this address. For all other inquiries, call the National Customer Service Center at 1(800)375-5283. Non-address-change inquiries received at the PO Box cannot be answered. Also be aware that notifying the Center of an address change for a pending application DOES NOT satisfy the requirement to notify the Service of your whereabouts. Instructions for that notification can be found in the instructions for Form AR-11, Change of Address Form.
While your I-485 is pending, you are permitted to travel outside the U.S.; however you must have a valid Refugee Travel Document to reenter the country. You can apply for a refugee travel document by filing Form I-131, Application for Travel Document. Due to new security procedures, allow for 180 to 200 days prior to beginning travel to obtain a travel document.
As an asylee, you are authorized to work in the United States incident to your status. If you wish to receive a document from USCIS that can serve as evidence of both your work authorization and identity, file Form I-765 with the Nebraska Service Center. Allow for a 120-day processing time.
For all other inquiries, call the National Customer Service Center at 1 (800)375-5283.