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WASHINGTON, DC – The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has implemented a new process for providing documented evidence of status to individuals who have been granted asylum or lawful permanent resident status. This change has been made to alleviate the burden of scheduling an in-person appointment and to provide asylees and lawful permanent residents with the necessary documentation to access the benefits and opportunities to which they are entitled.
Starting in August 2022, USCIS began mailing Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record, with asylee stamps to individuals who have been granted asylum by an immigration judge or the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). In addition, USCIS has been issuing Permanent Resident Cards, also known as Green Cards, to lawful permanent residents when they are notified of the adjustment of status granted by the immigration judge or the BIA.
However, individuals who have been granted asylum or lawful permanent resident status are still encouraged to contact the USCIS Contact Center to request their proof of status, as USCIS may not be notified in every case. Nevertheless, this new process of providing documentation by mail will help ensure that asylees and lawful permanent residents can seek employment, travel, and access other benefits they are entitled to, with the necessary documentation in hand.