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May 17, 2013

What are the benefits of asylum status?

If the asylum application is approved, you will be:

  • Granted legal status in the U.S.;
  • Granted work authorization (an Employment Authorization Document (EAD));* and
  • After one year of being granted the asylum, eligible to apply for legal permanent residency (green card).** Note: When you apply for a green card (permanent residence), your spouse and children are also eligible to apply for a green card if they were admitted to the United States as asylees or were included in your grant of asylum.***

For a more complete list of benefits, you can go to the USCIS website’s “Benefits and Responsibilities of Asylees” page.

* 8 U.S.C. § 1158(c)(1)(B)
** 8 CFR 209.2(a)
*** USCIS website