/ Immigration overview

Asylum in the United States is a form of protection provided to individuals who are unable or unwilling to return to their home countries because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution based on their race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. The U.S. government grants asylum to eligible applicants, allowing them to stay and live in the United States as refugees.


Who is eligible for asylum?

To be eligible for asylum, you must be located outside of the U.S. seeking admission at a port of entry or already be present in the U.S. You must demonstrate that you have a genuine fear of persecution in your home country due to one of the five protected grounds: race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.

What is the application process?

You must apply for asylum within one year of your arrival in the United States, although exceptions can be made in certain circumstances. You can apply affirmatively through the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) or defensively if you are in immigration court proceedings after being apprehended by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

What are the Benefits?

You may receive certain benefits such as work authorization, access to social services, request permission to travel outside, and the potential to apply for permanent resident status (green card) after one year of being granted asylum and eventually citizenship.

Can I work in the United States?

Yes. Individuals who have been granted asylum may legally work in the United States. In addition, people who have not yet been granted asylum may be eligible for employment authorization if:
  • 150 days have passed since their application for asylum was filed, excluding any delays that were the filer's fault;
  • A decision has not yet been made on the individual's application.
It is important to seek an advice of an experienced immigration attorney since a wide range of actions may stop the accrual of EAD clock.

How Kananchuk Law Office can help you with the asylum process?

Legal representation is highly recommended when applying for asylum due to the complexity of the process. We understand that the asylum process can be complicated and requires a strong legal case, as well as an understanding of the current immigration laws and policies.

We will review your case, assess your eligibility, complete and submit your application, and guide you through the whole process. We will make sure you are prepared for each stage of the asylum process.

Asylum attorney Krystsina Kananchuk is committed to obtaining protection for you and your family. Call Kananchuk Law Office to book your consultation and discuss your asylum case today.

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