Every year people come to the United States looking for safety because they have suffered persecution or fear that they will suffer persecution due to:
Asylum, may be your best option. If you are eligible for asylum you may be permitted to remain in the United States.
You may include your spouse and children who are in the United States on your application at the time you file or at any time until a final decision is made on your case. To include your child on your application, the child must be under 21 and unmarried.
Permission to Work in the United States
You cannot apply for permission to work (employment authorization) in the United States at the same time you apply for asylum.
You may apply for employment authorization if:
- 150 days have passed since you filed your complete asylum application (eliminating any delays caused by the client) and no decision has been made on your application.
If you are granted asylum you may work immediately! As an asylees, you can choose to obtain an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) for identification purposes, but an EAD is not necessary to work if you are an asylee. This is a government-issued ID, which is great! (However, this is a separate process).
Bringing Your Family to the United States
If you are approved asylum you may petition to bring your spouse and children to the United. To include your child on your application, the child must be under 21 and unmarried.
You (we) must file the petition within two years of being approved asylum unless there are humanitarian reasons to excuse this deadline.
After Asylum Approval (Getting your Green Card)
You may apply for a green card one year after being granted asylum. You must submit a separate application packet for yourself and, if applicable, for each family member who received “derivative” asylum based on your case.