The asylum process is intended to help those who come to the United States seeking protection from a dangerous situation in their home country because they have suffered persecution or they fear they would be persecuted if they returned.

Under the asylum process, the persecuted individual not only stands to benefit, but in some cases, their immediate family members may also be eligible to receive legal status.


To be eligible for asylum, the persecution you experienced must be based on some part of your personal identity. For example, persecution may be based on your:

  • Race
  • Religion
  • Nationality
  • Membership in a particular social group
  • Political opinion

Applying for asylum is a multi-step process and traditionally must be filed within one year of an individual entering to the United States or while in removal proceedings. Once an asylum application is prepared and submitted, the applicant may be eligible for work authorization if a period of time has passed and an asylum decision has not been made.

The asylum application will ultimately be decided be either a government agency or an immigration court, depending on a person’s situation when they first apply. Before you may be granted asylum status, you must meet other guidelines and pass a criminal background check.

If you believe you may qualify, our experienced legal team can guide you through the application process. Call today at (540) 358-5593 to reserve a consultation.