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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:

Date Received (Mail Date) Timeframe to be Processed
Jan. 28, 1993-Nov. 16, 1999 Oct. 1, 2003-Sept. 30, 2004
Nov. 17, 1999-May 12, 2000 Oct. 1, 2004-Sept. 30, 2005
May 13, 2000-Nov. 6, 2000 Oct. 1, 2005-Sept. 30, 2006
Nov. 7, 2000-April 23, 2001 Oct. 1, 2006-Sept. 30, 2007
April 24, 2001-Aug. 31, 2001 Oct. 1, 2007-Sept. 30, 2008
Sep. 1, 2001-Jan. 17, 2002 Oct. 1, 2008-Sept. 30, 2009
Jan. 18, 2002-May 9, 2002 Oct. 1, 2009-Sept. 30, 2010
May 10, 2002-Aug. 19, 2002 Oct. 1, 2010-Sept. 30, 2011
Aug. 20, 2002-Dec. 12, 2002 Oct. 1, 2011-Sept. 30, 2012
Dec. 13, 2002-April 14, 2003 Oct. 1, 2012-Sept. 30, 2013
April 15, 2003-Aug. 4, 2003 Oct. 1, 2013-Sept. 30, 2014
Aug. 5, 2003-Dec. 8, 2003 Oct. 1, 2014-Sept. 30, 2015

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
P.O. Box 87865
Lincoln, NE 68508-7865

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.