Political Asylum is a guaranteed protection to foreign nationals in the United States who meet the requirement or law that defines them as a refugee. People come to the U.S. every year seeking protection from persecution due to race, religion, political opinion, or nationality.
Political asylum may protect individuals who, for various reasons, cannot return to their home country. Asylum helps individuals from having to return by granting them the ability to stay in the U.S., to apply for Social Security cards, to petition to bring family members to the U.S., and to apply for authorization to work.
When an individual applies for protection by asylum, they are granted stay in the United States. Eventually, they will also be able to apply for work authorization, apply for a social security card, and petition to bring relatives into the country. The Affirmative Asylum application process will include the following:
Be mindful of the following conditions and requirements when applying for asylum:
You may not be eligible for asylum if you do not file within the first year you entered the United States, or if you had a previous application denied.
Form I-589 is an application available for those who want to apply for asylum or those who want to withhold removal from the United States. After your form is completed and your application is submitted for asylum, you may be eligible to apply for work authorization. Work authorization can be submitted by completing Form I-765.
With over seven decades of combined experience, the attorneys at Scott D. Pollock & Associates, P.C. are here to answer any questions you have about the process of applying for asylum.