In keeping with Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United States recognizes the right of asylum.

Considerations for Asylum-Based Petitions:

  • In order to complete an application for asylum, the applicant must be in the United States. 

  • Individuals applying for asylum must generally do so within one year of having arrived in the United States.  

  • An individual applicant must demonstrate a well-founded fear of persecution in their country of origin. The persecution feared can be based on race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.

  • An artist granted asylum status may not return to her country of origin until or unless they become a citizen of the United States. 

[This is for informational purposes only, and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. If you have immigration-related legal questions, please consult with an attorney.]

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