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What is the difference between the refugee and asylum processes?

Asylum and refugee are terms that many might hear together. So, one thing one might wonder is: Are the asylum process and refugee process two different processes in U.S. immigration law, or just different names for the same process?

Refugees in California

How many refugees who come to the U.S. come to California? According to data on refugees, California has seen 186,924 refugee arrivals between 1995 and 2016.

When an asylee has a child

There are certain family immigration options available to individuals who have received asylum status here in the United States. One is that, generally, if they have a child who was under the age of 21 and not married when they applied for asylum, they can request derivative asylum status for their child (such status would allow the child to live in the U.S. with them). This is the case whether the asylee is the child’s mother, father, adoptive parent (if certain timeframe rules are met) or step-parent.

When an asylum application is pending

A common hope among individuals applying for asylum here in the U.S. is that their request will be considered in a timely fashion. Unfortunately, things sometimes end up going a very different way. It is possible for an asylum seeker to experience a significant delay in a decision being reached in their case. When in the midst of such a delay, there are many questions a person might have, including: Can I get permission to work in the U.S. while I am waiting for a decision on my asylum request?

Are individuals granted asylum eligible for a U.S. green card?

One thing a person who is granted asylum here in the U.S. may be concerned about is their long-term immigration situation. They may worry about how future changes in their or their home country’s circumstances might impact their ability to stay in the U.S. under asylum status. So, they might desire a more stable long-term status, such as being a green card holder.

Targeted immigrants may have valid asylum claims

California residents who immigrated to the United States may be interested to learn that approximately 125,000 families and an additional 115,000 children have been apprehended after attempting to relocate from Central America since 2014. According to a report that was released on June 15, it appears that many of these families and children were not given a fair chance to claim asylum.

Asylum-seekers at detention facilities launch hunger strikes

Immigrants being detained at three California facilities and in facilities in a number of other states launched a series of hunger strikes in October 2015. Most of the detainees involved are from Africa and Asia. Some of these asylum-seekers have been detained for as long as two years as they wait for their cases to before an immigration court, and they hope that their actions bring attention to what they consider to be unreasonably long periods of detention. Some immigrant advocates are demanding that the detainees be freed on bonds.

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • State Bar of California | California Board of Legal Specialization
  • Avvo
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Irvine Chamber