Sometimes, a person no longer feels safe in their home country due to persecution they are facing. Some such individuals may look to the U.S. as a place to escape from such dangers. Seeking asylum in the U.S. may be an option for individuals who have faced certain types of persecution in their home country.
There are several different paths to a green card here in the United States. U.S. immigration law creates a special such path for individuals granted asylum or admitted to the U.S. under refugee status.
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?
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.
There are all manner of rules that apply when it comes to asylum requests here in the United States. This includes rules on asylum seekers, such as what generally has to be shown to be eligible for asylum.
The process of seeking asylum in the U.S. involves a wide range of things. Some data suggests that, for a good number of asylum seekers, a fair amount of time in immigration detention is included among these things.
The federal government recently released data on new refugees and asylees here in the U.S. in 2015. The statistics point to California being one of the top states for such individuals.
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.
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?
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.