Asylum may be granted to people who are already in the United States and are unable or unwilling to return their home country because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. To obta
How can I get asylum in the United States?You can get asylum status in the United States by asking for protection from the federal government. How you ask for asylum status depends on where you are physically located (within the United States, or at the Border or a Port-of Entry like an airport) and whether you are in removal/deportation proceedings before the Immigration Court.
To be eligible for asylum status, you must prove that you have suffered persecution or fear of persecution because of your race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. You may include your legal spouse and children who are in the United States on your application. To include your child, s/he must be unmarried and under 21-years-old.
There is no application fee for an asylum application.
Can I visit my home country if I get asylum?Possibly. Asylum status is temporary and so many asylees (people who have asylum status) want to get permanent resident status as soon as possible. To get permanent resident status, you must be physically present in the United States. If you choose to travel after receiving asylum status, you will need to obtain permission to return to the United States before departure. Always consult with a licensed attorney before leaving the United States with asylum status.