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Gaining asylum in the United States

Foreign nationals may be able to find safety from religious, racial, social or political persecution within the United States by gaining asylum. If you wish to become a legal permanent resident in Mississippi or another state, learn more about the types of asylum to ensure that you are able to remain within the country without fear of deportation.

Types of asylum

There are two different types of asylum that you can file for if you aren’t a citizen but want to remain in the United States. The first type is called affirmative asylum, which is for those who aren’t already in removal proceedings. Defensive asylum is for those who are already in the process of being removed from the United States. Gaining asylum will stop the removal process and keep you safe from being deported.

If you can’t gain asylum

After you apply for asylum, you may be disappointed to find that your request is not granted. Thankfully, this is not the last step. You can still work to gain something called withholding of removal, which allows you to remain in the United States under the belief that there is a high chance you will be persecuted if you return to your country of origin. Relief under the convention of torture is also a method to remain in the United States if you can prove that you will likely be tortured if you are deported.

If you are in the United States and facing deportation, you need to take action quickly. An attorney may help you understand how to file for asylum and, if you are denied, how to take action through gaining withholding of removal or other relief.