Asylum is an immigration benefit available to those individuals who have suffered persecution or fear that they will suffer future persecution due to their:
- – Race
- – Religion
- – Nationality
- – Membership in a particular social group (ex. being a woman or an LGBT individual)
- – Political opinion
Persecution means mistreatment committed directly by the individual’s government or by whom the government cannot or will not control.
If you are granted asylum, you are permitted to remain in the United States. With some exceptions, an asylum application generally must be filed within one year of the individual’s last entry into the United States. You may apply for asylum regardless of your immigration status, whether you are here legally or illegally.
Individuals who are granted asylum may apply for lawful permanent residence (a “green card”) one year after being granted asylum.