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Asylum

An immigrant who files for asylum while in the U.S. is an asylee. An immigrant can avoid removal by applying for asylum due to a well-founded fear of persecution upon returning to their home country. The cause of this fear must be based on political opinion, religious belief, nationality, race, or membership in a particular social group. The criteria to establish a “well-founded fear” are difficult. Granting asylum is soley at the discretion of USDOJ. After one year as an asylee, an immigrant may be eligible to apply for a green card. The number of immigrants granted asylum is subject to quotas.