The United States provides asylum (legal residence) to certain foreign nationals. In this section you’ll find information on how the asylum and refugee process works, and who is eligible.
Asylee vs. Refugee: Application & Procedural Differences
Asylees and refugees both seek the same thing - asylum in the United States - but the procedure to apply is slightly different for each.
Who Is Eligible for Asylum or Refugee Protection in the U.S.?
Learn the basic criteria concerning fear of persecution in your home country, and how it may lead to asylum or refugee protection.
Proving Persecution for an Asylum Application
To get asylum in the United States, you will need evidence of your story of persecution to convince authorities who are accustomed to fraudulent applications.
How Many People Can Get U.S. Asylum?
U.S. immigration law doesn't set a limit on the number of people granted asylum each year, but the president does set a limit on refugees.
Can You Request Asylum At the U.S. Border?
When and how to request asylum before having actually entered the U.S. with a visa at a border, airport, or other entry point.
How An Undocumented Immigrant Can Get Asylum in The U.S.
Learn about the asylum process for an undocumented (illegal) immigrant.
How to Get Asylum In The U.S.
A basic overview of the process to apply for and get political asylum in the United States.
What It Takes to Win Asylum in the U.S.
A plain-English explanation of the U.S. immigration laws concerning asylum and what you'll need to do to win a case.
How To Complete Form I-589 for U.S. Asylum
A step-by-step guide to answering the questions on USCIS Form I-589, Application for Asylum and Withholding of Removal.
How to Prepare and Submit a Refugee Application to the U.S.
Get tips on completing the refugee application form and required documents.
Can You Bring Family When Applying for Asylum in the U.S.?
If you're applying for asylum, you can bring your immediate family members into the U.S. as well. Here's how it works.
Can Asylum Applicants Get a Work Permit?
If you're applying for asylum in the U.S., you may have to wait until you're granted asylum before you qualify for a work permit - or navigate some complicated immigration rules.
Can I Apply for a Green Card While My Asylum Case Is Pending?
If the processing of your asylum case has been delayed or is perhaps continuing on into appeals to higher courts, then it might make sense for you to look for an alternate way to obtain a U.S. green card (lawful permanent residence).
Appeals Process After a Denied Asylum Application
An overview of the administrative and court appeals available to you after an asylum denial.
Your Rights After Winning Asylum in the U.S.
Once granted asylum in the United States, you are eligible to work, become a permanent resident, gain US citizenship, and more.
How To Apply For a Green Card After Winning Asylum
Once you've been a U.S. asylee for a year, you can adjust your status to permanent resident - better known as a green card holder.
Rights and Responsibilities of Refugees in the U.S.
Learn about your rights and responsibilities under immigration law as a refugee or asylee.