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Asylum and Refugee Status

Refugees and asylum seekers 

Generally, a refugee is someone who is unable or unwilling to return to their country because they have a well-founded fear of persecution based on their race, religion, nationality, membership in a social group, or political opinion. 

Generally, an asylee (asylum seeker), among other things, must meet the definition of a refugee and must also be present in the United States when he or she petitions for status. An asylee may petition for a green card within one year after being granted asylum-seeker status. There are many caveats to the asylum process which bar you from applying for asylum including the fact that you must normally apply within a year of your last entry. There are limited exceptions to this rule.

Withholding of Removal

Withholding of deportation is similar to asylum. Withholding is lesser relief and would be sought if you are not eligible for asylum because: (1) Aliens applying for withholding of removal are not permitted to apply for permanent residence, and (2) it only prohibits the DHS from deporting you. It does not afford any other relief.

Here's a few of the ways the immigration lawyers at IISLG can assist you in the asylum process:

  • Adjust your status from refugee to permanent legal resident if you have been granted asylum.
  • Prepare your affirmative asylum application package and make sure you are ready for  the USCIS interview.

Contact IISLG and we can review your options for eligibility for asylum or other refugee programs.