Requirements for Refugee Protection or Asylum in the U.S.
Basic Grounds for Asylum or Refugee Status
Generally, in order to be eligible for asylum or refugee status, one must prove that they are either:
- Victim of hostility, mistreatment, abuse, or discrimination due to race, political or religious beliefs or;
- Fear of future mistreatment, abuse, or discrimination due to race, political or religious beliefs.
If you were a passed victim of ill treatment, you must prove that you were mistreated, abused, or discriminated against in your home country or last country you lived in. The abuse, mistreatment, hostility or harassment must have been based on one of the following:
- political opinion, or
- membership in a particular social group.
In some cases, ones gender may also be a reason for the abuse, harassment, hostility or ill treatment. Generally, in these type of circumstances relate to cultures that generally practice female genital cutting or forced marriage.
If you want to apply for asylum or refuge in the U.S. consult with an experienced U.S. immigration attorney in Los Angeles for free. Contact our immigration attorneys at (310) 943-1171.
What If Conditions Got Better in My Country
If you suffered severe persecution in the past, you are presumed to face future persecution as well. If the U.S. government tries to argue that your country is considered safe for you to return, but you still fear future abuse, mistreatment, harassment because of how severe your passed persecution, Under 8 C.F.R. § 208.13(b)(iii)(A), you may qualify for something called humanitarian asylum, which grants receive asylum if you are able to demonstrate “compelling reasons for being unwilling or unable to return to the country arising out of the severity of the past persecution” or “there is a reasonable possibility that [you] may suffer other serious harm upon removal to that country.”
For instance, if you were forced to go back to your home country or the last country you lived in, you might qualify for humanitarian asylum because you fear that you may become a social outcast.
Or for instance, if everything you owned back home was destroyed, burned down, boomed, or you may potentially face extreme emotional trauma if you return to your home country or the country where you last lived, you might qualify for humanitarian asylum.