Asylum may be granted to people who have been persecuted or fear they will be persecuted on account of race, religion, nationality, and/or membership in a particular social group or political opinion.
Asylum status is a form of protection available to people who:
- Meet the definition of refugee (People outside of their country who are unable or unwilling to return home because they fear serious harm.)
- Are already in the United States
- Are seeking admission at a port of entry
If you are eligible for asylum you may be permitted to remain in the United States. You may include your spouse and children who are in the United States on your application and once the application is granted you can bring them to the U.S.A. if they’re abroad.
Once you are granted asylum you may work immediately and may apply for a green card one year after being granted asylum.