Political Asylum and
Asylum is a form of protection that allows individuals who are in the United States to remain here, if they have been persecuted in the past or have a well founded fear of persecution in his or her home country based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. Asylum applicants may apply for asylum even if he or she entered the U.S. illegally or if he or she is in the U.S. on an expired visa/I-94. Generally, asylum applicants must apply for asylum within one (1) year of their arrival in the U.S., but there are several exceptions which will allow the filing of an asylum application after one year. After the asylum petition has been pending for 180 days, the asylum applicant may apply for a work permit.