Who Can Receive Asylum?

Every day, people who have crossed our borders who are seeking asylum. A person who is granted asylum is allowed to permanently reside in the United States. As per immigration attorney Nicole Alvarez, refugees are people who are unable or unwilling to return to their home countries, because they are unable to obtain protection in those countries because of past persecution or a well-founded fear of being persecuted in the future “on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion.”

There are many benefits to becoming an asylee. First, a person would be protected from being forced to return to his or her home country. An asylee is also allowed to apply for a Social Security card and legally obtain employment in the United States. They’re also eligible to file petitions for family-based immigration. After one year, asylees can even apply for status as a permanent resident in the United States. Permanent residence then opens the door of opportunity for full United States citizenship.

The two main methods of applying for asylum are either through the affirmative or defensive processes. In either case, the asylum seeker bears the burden of proving that he or she is a genuine refugee. Asylum seekers only have one year after their arrival in the United States to apply for asylum, so the time of filing is important. If you are considering filing an asylum petition in or around Miami, contact Coral Gables immigration attorney Nicole Alvarez for representation in filing your asylum petition.