Asylum grant is a status, and you have the right to apply for a green card a year later, and for US citizenship 4 years after having received GC status. There is also a generous package of financial benefits that comes to asylees,!such as (almost) free medical care, etc., etc. NOT SO for "Withholding" of Removal. It is NOT a status, will not enable you to file for GC. But it will enable you to legally remain in the US and be able to work and also to apply for a GC through either employment or marriage to a USC. "withholding" is often offered by the attorney representing ICE to your lawyer as a "compromise", usually outside the hall or while waiting for the immigration judge to make his/her appearance for Master Calendar seance in immigration court, when they don't feel like litigating the case during the "hearing on the merits". Speak with your lawyer and don't agree to settle for it if you feel you have a strong asylum case, are a good, credible witness and likely to have the judge grant you asylum (or that you'll ultimately win the appeal at the federal level, which happens very often.)
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