Application Procedures: Getting Derivative Refugee or Asylum Status for your Spouse
If you entered the United States as a refugee within the past 2 years or were granted asylee status within the past 2 years, and are applying for derivative refugee or asylum status for your spouse, you must submit:
- Form I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition;
- Proof of your status as a refugee or asylee;
- Recent, clear photograph of your spouse;
- Copy of your marriage certificate;
- Copy of any divorce decrees, death certificates or annulment decrees if you or your spouse have been previously married; and
- Any evidence of legal name change if you changed your name or your spouse changed his or her name.
You must file a Form I-730 petition for your spouse within 2 years of the date you were granted asylum status or within 2 years of admission to the United States as a refugee. This time period may be extended for humanitarian purposes.
No appeal is available for a denial of a Form I-730 petition. Also, no fees are required to submit Form I-730.
Spouse Application Responsibilities
- If your spouse is outside the United States, he or she will be notified to go to the local U.S. consulate to complete the processing.
- If your spouse is currently inside the United States, USCIS will notify your spouse if the application is approved by sending you Form I-797, Notice of Action.
Note: A spouse who receives derivative refugee or asylum status cannot file a Form I-730 petition on behalf of any other relatives.