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USCIS on Asylee and Refugee Adjustment 1-Year Physical Presence Requirement

February 06, 2023 (1 min read)

USCIS, Feb. 2, 2023

"... To promote consistency in the processing of asylee and refugee adjustment of status applications and reduce barriers that might impede refugees from timely filing for adjustment of status, USCIS is updating policy guidance to clarify that both asylees and refugees are required to satisfy the 1-year physical presence requirement at the time USCIS adjudicates the adjustment of status application, rather than at the time of filing. This update, contained in Volume 7 and Volume 12 of the Policy Manual, is effective immediately and applies to all adjustment of status and naturalization applications that are pending on February 2, 2023, and applications filed on or after that date. ..."