Asylum is a lifeline for individuals seeking protection from persecution and harm in their home countries. Under U.S. immigration law, asylum provides a crucial avenue for those who fear persecution to find refuge in the United States.
What is Asylum?
Asylum is a form of protection that allows an individual to stay in the United States instead of facing deportation to a country where they fear persecution or harm. Those granted asylum, known as asylees, gain the right to reside safely in the United States.
Eligibility for Asylum
To be eligible for asylum in the U.S., you must meet specific criteria:
1. Physical Presence: You must be physically present in the United States or seeking entry at a designated port of entry.
2. Fear of Persecution: Your claim for asylum should be based on a well-founded fear of persecution in your home country due to one or more of the following reasons:
- Political opinion (or perceived political opinion)
- Membership in a particular social group
Persecution can manifest as harm or threats of harm not only to you but also to your family or those who share similar characteristics or beliefs. Additionally, asylum can be granted if you have a documented history of persecution in your home country.
If you meet the eligibility criteria and fear persecution based on specific grounds, you may be eligible to apply for asylum in the United States.
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