This page gives you general information regarding seeking asylum in the United States. VECINA seeks to empower immigrant justice advocates who work on behalf of asylum seekers. For more detailed information, you can check out our educational resources page.

Who is Eligible for Asylum?

An asylum seeker may be granted asylum if he or she is present in the U.S. or at the border and meets the legal definition of “refugee.”

What is the Definition of “Refugee”?

A “refugee” is someone who cannot or will no return to her home country because she has a well-founded fear of persecution on account of her race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group.

What Benefit Does an Individual Gain if He or She is Granted Asylum?

Asylees are granted permission to live and work in the United States. They also can become permanent residents and later citizens of the United States, so long as they are eligible.