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What is Asylum?
Asylum is the legal protection granted to people in the United States who are afraid to return to their home country.  Asylum may be granted to people who are already in the United States and who are unable or unwilling to return to their home country because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion. 

If you are granted asylum, you will be allowed to live and work in the United States.  You may also be able to petition your spouse and unmarried, minor children to join you in the United States and to travel outside the United States.

To learn more about asylum in the United States, go to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.