With asylum comes a high burden of proof, which is why it is so important to have a well-versed attorney to represent you. In most cases, it is required that you file for asylum within one year of entering the United States, although some exceptions may apply. Should you be granted asylum, you may apply for a green card within one year thereafter.
Approval for asylum hinges on a substantial “fear of persecution” upon returning to your home country. You may have a case for U.S. asylum if returning to your home country puts you in immediate danger because of your:
- Religious beliefs
- Political opinion
- Particular social group
Working in the U.S. During Asylum
Only specific immigrants in the United States are allowed to work in the country under current law. These immigrants must obtain an Employment Authorization Document.
For asylum seekers, you must meet a couple of requirements before you are lawfully approved to work in the U.S.
- You must win your asylum case. The chances of winning an asylum case in a timely manner are significantly higher if you have an immigration attorney with a proven track record. Without an attorney, this process may take an extended period of time.
Should you win your asylum case, you do not need to apply for an Employment Authorization Document. Asylum allows you access to your own social security card, which will allow you to gain employment in the United States.
- If you are left waiting at least 180 days since your Asylum application with no decision.
After 150 days, you can apply for a work permit. After 180 days, you will be eligible to receive it.
As of 2016, work permits for current asylum applicants are valid (initial or renewal) for two years.