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What is political asylum?

Sometimes people seek asylum in the U.S. because they suffer harassment or fear they may suffer persecution in their country due to race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. In such cases people are granted political asylum. They need to apply for it within one year of their arrival in the United States and there is no applicable fee. To learn more on political asylum, below are some common questions answered by Experts.

I am a political refugee with a work permit. Can I purchase property without losing that property if I were to get deported?

When you are on an asylum claim you can own property and you should not lose the property if you lose the claim. Property or real estate can be owned as an investment. However, owning the property itself does not prevent deportation. If you lose the political asylum case, you will have to leave the country.

I was granted political asylum by the court but the immigration officer won the appeal. I appealed in federal court and lost there too. Can my employer sponsor me in this current status?

In such a scenario your employer is not authorized to do anything. Since you have appealed and been denied, you need to leave the U.S. immediately. There is nothing further that can be done to change the status. You would want to leave of your own accord, as otherwise the authorities may send their officers to deport you.

I am filing for political asylum for myself and my spouse. We do not have a marriage certificate for proof. What can we do?

You will need to show proof that you have applied for a duplicate copy of your marriage certificate in the country where you were married and it could not be retrieved. In such a case you could submit an affidavit which is notarized and includes the contact information of the person notarizing the affidavit. Additionally, whoever writes it must appear at the notarizing and should provide a copy of proof of their immigration status such as a birth certificate, passport, Green Card, and so on. .

Can a person on a tourist visa which is valid for six months apply for a political asylum visa? Can I legally remain in the U.S.?

You can apply for a political asylum visa within one year of arriving in the U.S. Once Form I-94 expires technically you are out of status but allowed to remain in the U.S. if you are awaiting the decision on the political asylum visa. You will also be allowed to travel within the U.S. during this time.

How long does it take for a political asylum case to get accepted? Once acceptance is granted, what is the time period to obtain financial help and other aid?

For the initial interview it generally takes around two months for the recommendation of approval. However this can vary from state to state because some states, such as Florida, process higher volumes of asylum cases and hence are more efficient. If the initial approval is given you will be provided with an “asylum packet” and government assistance should also be provided immediately. There could be a nominal amount of processing time depending on the type of benefit that is being offered. In order to be eligible to receive these benefits, you should have a social security number or a work permit beforehand. These can be obtained within 60 days to 120 days for asylum cases.

Political asylum could be a blessing for those in need. It offers shelter, opportunity, and hope for a new beginning. You may be facing many challenges and feel you may be eligible for a political asylum visa or having been in the U.S. on a political asylum visa you are looking to apply for permanent legal status. As the case may be, using the services of a lawyer may help to resolve your situation for the better.
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