persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution. Typically, that persecution is related to:
- Membership in a particular social group
Although asylum is closely related to refugee status, asylum is only granted to people who are already inside the United States. You can only meet the standards for asylum if you also meet the definition of a refugee. You must ask for asylum at a port of entry or file an application for asylum within one year of your arrival in the U.S., except in special circumstances.
Can You Apply for Asylum Regardless of Your Immigration Status?
You can apply for asylum in the U.S. no matter what your immigration status is – even if you are in the U.S. illegally – provided that you meet the definition of a refugee.
Do You Need to Talk to a Lawyer About Asking for Asylum in the U.S.?
While there’s no guarantee on asylum status – you must apply and wait for a decision before you can be sure of anything – we may be able to help you ask for asylum in the U.S.
Get in touch with us online to set up a time for a consultation with a Milwaukee immigration attorney. Tell us about your situation and your country of origin so we can begin putting together a strategy that gets you the best possible outcome.