A friend of mine applied for and received a status of an asylee in 2012. In 2013, a year thereafter she adjusted status to LPR, however, the date on the I-551 was mistakingly marked as 2013, USCIS failing to backdate one year. While she received her green card indeed in 2013, It is my understanding that the date on the green card in case of asylees must be backdated to the date of original admittance as an asylee, and as such an asylee may naturalize 5 years after being first admitted as an asylee, not 5 years as of green card, thus totalling 6 years. Since the date on her green card is 2013 but she has been first admitted in 2012, now that she files for naturalization, would this become an issue? As such, is it advisable to first change the date on the green card and then proceed with naturalization (which is lengthy, potentially costly and obviously inconvenient), or would it be ok to explain the situation in the declaration in support of n-400, attach asylum status white card and the text of 8 C.F.R. § 209.2(f) which talks about the backdate practice. Thank you!
I would not file an N-400 assuming that CIS will accept their mistake without first attempting to correct the I-551("Green Card") . You may schedule an appointment for an in-person interview at a local USCIS office at the InfoPass Web site, http://infopass.uscis.gov, or call the National Customer Service Center, 1-800-375-5283.
Please note that scheduling an appointment is the fastest way to correct your USCIS records. Remember to bring documentation supporting your immigration status.
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