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Just how hard is it to secure refugee or asylee status for a relative?

When a person is granted refugee or asylee status here in the U.S., it understandably comes as a great relief given that they are typically looking to escape persecution or otherwise dangerous conditions in their home nation.

In light of this reality, it's understandable how people in these situations would want to see this same type of relief extended to family members who may be facing similar persecution or danger.

In today's post, we'll examine the steps a person can take to help their relatives secure refugee or asylee status here in the U.S.

How does a person even go about helping their relatives secure refugee or asylee status here in the U.S.?

In general, a person granted refugee or asylee status in the U.S. can help their relative secure the same status by filing the Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition otherwise known as Form I-730.

Are there any limitations on filing the Form I-730?

Yes. An I-730 petition can only be filed within two years of being granted refugee or asylee status in the U.S.

In the event it has been longer than two years, officials with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services advise those looking to help a relative secure refugee or asylee status to consider speaking with a legal professional to explore other options.

Can you file the Form I-730 on behalf of any relative?

Unfortunately, the Form I-730 may only be filed on behalf of 1) spouses or 2) unmarried children who were less than 21 years of age at the time the petitioner was granted refugee or asylee status in the U.S.

We will continue this discussion in a future post ...

If you have questions about refugee or asylum-related matters, consider speaking with an experienced attorney as soon as possible to learn more about your rights and your options.

Source: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, "How do I help my relative get refugee or asylee status in the United States?" Accessed Jan. 7, 2015

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