American Immigration Council. Asylum in the United States.
Each year, thousands of people arriving at our border or already in the United States apply for asylum, or protection from persecution. Asylum seekers must navigate a difficult and complex process that can involve multiple government agencies. Those granted asylum can apply to live in the United States permanently and gain a path to citizenship and can also apply for their spouse and children to join them in the United States. Material here provides an overview of the asylum system in the United States, including how asylum is defined, eligibility requirements, and the application process.