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Protections and Benefits of Asylum

Applying for asylum in the United States offers critical protections and benefits for individuals seeking refuge from persecution in their home countries. Here’s a breakdown of what asylum entails and the advantages it provides:

1. Protection from Unlawful Presence:

A pending and legitimate asylum application shields you from accruing “unlawful presence” in the United States, as long as you comply with other immigration regulations. This safeguard can be crucial if you later pursue a green card.

2. Halt to Deportation and Refugee Status:

Asylum serves as a legal mechanism to halt deportation proceedings and obtain refugee status. It’s imperative to apply for asylum within one year of entering the United States. Success in the asylum process not only prevents deportation but also opens avenues for eventual permanent residency. Additionally, spouses and children included in the application may also qualify for refugee status and permanent residency. Getting asylum is a defense against deportation and permits for a peace of mind.

3. Authorization to Work:

Asylum grantees are authorized to work in the United States through an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Asylum seekers can utilize their work authorization for employment opportunities and access employment services, including job search assistance and career counseling.

4. Access to Social Services:

Asylum recipients are entitled to various social services, including applying for an unrestricted Social Security card and accessing services from One-Stop Career Centers. These services encompass job placement assistance, vocational training, and language instruction.

5. Pathway to Permanent Residence:

After one year in the U.S., asylum grantees are eligible to apply for permanent residency through a Green Card by submitting Form I-485 for themselves and qualifying family members.

6. Assistance from Refugee Organizations:

Asylum seekers may receive support from local organizations funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). These services may encompass financial aid, healthcare assistance, employment preparation, and English language training.

7. Special Travel Considerations:

Asylees are subject to specific travel regulations when leaving the United States as they are able to leave the country! Prior authorization via a refugee travel document is necessary for international travel.

Understanding the asylum process and its associated benefits is fundamental for individuals seeking protection and stability in the United States. For comprehensive legal guidance and assistance with asylum applications, consult with Jeelani Law Firm. We are here to assist you!

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