A person may apply for asylum in the United States regardless of their country of origin or their current immigration status. In order to apply for asylum protection, applicants must show they cannot return to their home country because they fear persecution there. They must prove that the harm is from the government of their home country, or, from some person or group that the government of their home country cannot protect them from. To be eligible for asylum, the persecution must also be significant, such as unlawful or political detention, torture, violation of human rights, physical violence, or some type of severe non-physical harm.

Each asylum application is considered individually based on the applicant’s unique facts and circumstances. Some people are granted asylum protection while others are not. Also, asylum protection will be denied to anyone who has been involved in terrorist activities or is considered a threat to U.S. security.