It usually takes much more to evaluate a claim for asylum. If you are back in Egypt, schedule a Skype consultation (thankfully modern technology allows us to communicate). if you are in the US, schedule a personal consultation with an attorney.
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You must have a "well-founded fear of persecution" in order to obtain asylum in the U.S.
Mr. Shusterman's (former INS Trial Attorney, 1976-82) response to your question is general in nature, as not all the facts are known to him. You should retain an attorney experienced in immigration law to review all the facts in your case in order to receive advice specific to your case. Mr. Shusterman's statement above does not create an attorney/client relationship.
Your question contains very little information as to why asylum is a viable option for you. For example, in order to apply, you will need to establish, among many other things, that your religious activities have created a credible fear of persecution or that you were subjected to torture by the government. You must also be present in the U.S. to file an asylum claim. This is not something to take lightly! You should consult an experienced immigration attorney well-versed in asylum and refugee claim cases.
Each asylum case is normally based on specific facts. Living in a third country as a student may not disqualify you from obtaining asylum in the US depending on specific facts of your persecution. In your county of nationality. You need to provide such facts to a competent US immigration attorney to get qualified legal advice. Many of us use Skype for such consultations.
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The US immigration laws permit any eligible applicant to apply for asylum and other forms of relief on legally recognized grounds. The issue remains whether you have enough legal requisites to seek such relief and whether you will have enough corroboration for that claim.
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You may apply, provided your application is not frivolous. You have to be in the US or in the POE. Here is a link to the form: http://www.uscis.gov/i-589 and instructions.
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Asylum is a complicated issue at the best of time. However, given the upheaval in Egypt you may have a case. The coptic community specifically has been hit hard. Depending on your political opinion or group, you fall under a protected class. You absolutely must have fear of persecution. The general requirements are here, http://www.mlawonline.com/blog/i-qualify-for-asylum-in-new-jersey-now-what-.cfm.
This is your life you are talking about. Make sure you have competent advice before you make any decision. Consult with a qualified immigration attorney.