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Asylum may be sought at a U.S. port of entry or in the United States. An application for asylum may be made by people who have arrived legally or illegally in the U.S. There is no limit on the number of people who may be granted asylum. In a typical year, approximately 20,000 people are granted asylum.
To qualify for asylum, the applicant must either have suffered persecution or have a “well founded” fear of suffering persecution if forced to return to his or her home country. Persecution may be due to race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or for political opinion. The source of the persecution may be either the government or non-government parties outside of the control of the government.
The application for asylum may be made by submitting an application within one year of entry. Asylum may also be sought as a defense to removal proceedings.
Once granted asylum, the applicant may apply for a work permit. One year after being granted asylum, the applicant may apply for a green card.
If granted asylum, the applicant will have the right to live in the U.S. The applicant may also apply to have his or her spouse and unmarried children who are younger than 21 obtain legal status in the U.S.
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