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ASYLUM

 

Every year people come to United States seeking protection because they have suffered persecution or fear that they will suffer persecution due to:

 

    -     Race

    -     Religion

    -     Nationality

    -     Membership in a particular social group

    -     Political opinion

 

Race, religion, and national origin are fairly straightforward. Political opinion asylum does not necessarily require a political opinion in order to be a protected opinion; an opinion about a nonpolitical issue can sometimes qualify. An imputed political opinion is sufficient for asylum purposes. A particular social group is a group of people with a common, immutable trait that either cannot be changed or should never be forced to change. Tribal and ethnic groups, female victims of domestic violence, and people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgende (LGBT) commonly fit into this category.

 

You may apply for asylum regardless of your immigratiom status, whether you are in the United States legally or illegally. You must apply for asylum within one year of your arrival to the United States, unless you can demonstrate that there are changed circumstances that materially affect your eligibility for asylum or extraordinary circumstances directly related to your failure to file within one year. You must apply for asylum within a reasonable time given the circumstances. Changed or extraordinary circumstances may include certain changes in the conditions in your country, changes in your own circumstances, and other events.

 

You may include your spouse and children who are in theUnited states on your application

 

If you are eligible for asylum you may be permited to remain in the United States. If your Asylum application is approved, you are given permission to work and are allowed to apply for a green card (within one year of being approved for asylum).

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