Asylum - ADC



Individuals fleeing persecution have the right to seek asylum. This most fundamental right is guaranteed by the 1951 United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and implemented in the 1967 United Nations Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees. The United States codified refugee protection and the procedures for asylum in the Refugee Act of 1980, made part of the Immigration & Nationality Act (INA).

To qualify for asylum, the applicant must be physically present in the United States and demonstrate qualified under one of the five protected grounds. To qualify for asylum the applicant must establish past persecution or a “well-founded fear” of future persecution in his or her home country on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. Generally, an application for asylum must be filed within 1 year from entry into the United States unless there are exigent circumstances like changes in country conditions that did not exist at the time before the 1 year time frame ended.

ADC provides legal assistance in filing asylum applications. You can also find more information and download the I-589 form at U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services.

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