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Asylum Status

Asylum: Persons eligble include asylees, refugees, persons seeking withholding of removal, deferred enforced departure and temporary protected status.

Seeking Asylum in the U.S.?

Immigration lawyers serve clients worldwide from offices in Seattle WA and Vancouver BC

Individuals may seek asylum in the U.S. for many reasons. People may be fleeing their homeland due to war, religious or political persecution, natural disaster, or for other reasons. Issues relating to people who are coming to the U.S. after fleeing their homeland can be complex, and may involve both international and domestic law.

If returning to your home country is no longer considered safe, we are ready to help you seek asylum or temporary protected status in the U.S. Filing for asylum is based on the need for an individual and his or her family to seek refuge in the United States.


The USCIS defines refugee as, "A person outside of his/her country of nationality and not within the U.S. or at the borders of the U.S., who is unable or unwilling to return to that country due to persecution or "a well founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular group or political opinion." The following details some requirements for each of these sub-categories:

  • Religion: Non-citizens can base an asylum claim on fear of being persecuted on account of their religion. A non-citizen may demonstrate this persecution by proving he or she has had to conceal the religious practices for fear of repercussions.
  • Political affiliation: May be the actual political opinion a non-citizen holds or that opinion the persecutor believes the non-citizen to have.
  • Nationality: Does not just include citizenship to another country, but extends to membership in a linguistic or ethnic group, and may overlap with race or religion.
  • Membership to a certain group: A social group can be defined as a group that shares a common, immutable characteristic. Groups who have been considered persecuted for asylum purposes have been women, families, those with HIV, or those persecuted because of their sexual orientation or race.
  • How to File for Asylum

    First, you will need to file Form I-589 – “Application for Asylum and Withholding of Removal” – within one year of arriving in the U.S. You will subsequently undergo a background security check and have your fingerprints taken. The last step will be an interview with a United States Citizenship and Immigration Services officer.

    As a general rule, those who seek asylum in the U.S. can apply for permanent resident status after one year, and might be eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship after a certain period of time. Children under the age of 21 and spouses may also receive asylum if the applicant adds their names to the application.


    If you are serious about getting legal immigration assistance a consultation is the best place to start. Spend up to a full hour with an immigration lawyer to discuss the details of your case, get answers to your questions, work through complex issues and supporting documents and plan an immigration strategy for obtaining benefits.

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