Political Asylum

Political Asylum

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.

How Does Political Asylum Help?

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.

Asylum Application Process

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:

  • You must first arrive in the United States and be physically present to apply for asylum
  • Form I-589 must be completed and submitted (within one year of your most recent arrival in the U.S.)
  • Once you have submitted your completed application, you will receive acknowledgement from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
  • After you have completed the fingerprinting and background check process through a USCIS Application Support Center, you will receive notice to appear for an interview
  • You, along with any spouses or children seeking asylum benefits, must attend the interview
  • The asylum officer will determine if you fit the criteria for a refugee; a decision may come as early as two weeks, but can take longer in certain cases

Be mindful of the following conditions and requirements when applying for asylum:

  • You cannot apply for work authorization at the same time as applying for asylum
  • You must meet and interview with a USCIS asylum officer or appear before an immigration judge

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.

Forms I-589 and I-765

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.

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