An asylee is usually considered no "unlawfully present," but that is not always an interchangeable term with "legal status."
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An undocumented alien awaiting adjudication of the asylum application, which had been referred to the court for removal proceedings because USCIS refused to grant it. "legal presence" is a wide concept which includes a variety of circumstances and very much depends on the context. Talk to an immigration attorney.
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It would depend on the manner of entry, really. If you flew in legally, claimed asylum, and you're case was referred to the court for some reason, then you likely didn't accrue unlawful presence, and you're present legally. If you entered illegally, stayed for many years illegally, and are now using asylum as a defense in the court after getting caught, then your presence is likely not sanctioned by law, though it might eventually be if the court proceedings turn out in your favor. Given the information you provided, it's really hard to tell you with certainty one way or the other.
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An immigrant applying for I-589 asylum is usually considered as being given legal entry, but not admissible-not with lawful status, but pending his application or removal proceeding, is allowed legal presence. However, if you have been here illegally and are trying to use asylum to avoid removal, you are still with unlawful presence and allowed to remain pending your removal while you pursue relief from removal through asylum.
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It depends, if you are wondering if this person is legally able to work, it will depend on whether he has an Employment Authorization Document. It doesn't give him legal status; but he is allowed to work while his case is pending with Immigration Court.
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