While many people might see asylum as a legal or immigration issue, it is truly an issue of human rights. Below we wish to shine some much-needed light on the topic of asylum, and how it has the ability to bring safety and security to those in need.
Who Can Request Asylum in the U.S.?
Asylum is a legal status that is given to individuals by the United States government to grant people protection from any persecution by those in their home country. There are specific categories that can warrant asylum, those of which include:
- Political stance
- Sexual orientation
- Affiliation with a particular group
Once an individual is deemed eligible by one or more of these categories, they must apply for asylum within one year of arriving in the United States. They will also need to provide proper documentation and evidence of persecution as part of what can be a lengthy interview process.
Benefits of Applying for U.S. Asylum
The U.S. asylum program provides many benefits for applicants:
Protection from persecution: In countries that do not provide the same rights and freedoms to their citizens as the United States, there is almost nothing stopping those who wish to persecute others. There are many individuals who have been fired from their jobs, cast out by their families and friends, and even killed on the basis of factors that may not even be under their control.
Stay in U.S. while application is pending: While your application is pending, you are permitted to stay in the United States as you wait for the final decision from immigration officials. A pending application does not give you permanent lawful status, but you would also not be considered unlawfully present in the country.
Work and live in the U.S. indefinitely: Those who are able to gain asylum in the U.S. are also able to stay in-country indefinitely so that they are able to work and make a living in their new environment.
Path to citizenship: One of the biggest benefits available to asylum seekers is the opportunity to eventually apply for lawful permanent residency and even citizenship to gain the full rights and benefits of being a United States citizen.
Qualify for government benefits: If you are approved for asylum, you may qualify for certain government benefits to assist with housing, employment, food, and insurance.
Contact Our Asylum Attorneys for Guidance
Our firm has been committed to helping endangered refugees for over 20 years, and helping those who have been afflicted is one of our personal missions. With a track record of success, we are ready to offer personalized and persistent legal representation to help you find the results you deserve.
If you or a loved one is living in danger outside of the United States, contact us today through our website or give us a call at (703) 552-5051 to schedule a consultation!