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Asylum Seekers from El Salvador

Salvadoran Asylum Seekers in the US According to 2016 US asylum statistics from the US Department of Justice and the 2016 Immigration Year Book, El Salvador is now the 2nd most common country of origin for people who are granted asylum in the United States. There is a steady increase in numbers of asylum seekers from El Salvador over the years as conditions in the country lead some to flee for their safety. Why Do People from El Salvador Request Asylum? There are two main circumstances that usually drive Salvadorans to apply for asylum in the US. While other reasons may also exist, there two circumstances are the most commonly seen on asylum applications in the United States: Gang Related Claims Gang violence and asylum claims related to gang activity have increased since 2013. The rise of major gang wars within El Salvador has led to many seeking asylum...

Asylum Seekers from Guatemala

Guatemalans Seeking Asylum in the US Guatemala asylum claims in the US have consistently been some of the highest in number from a specific nationality. Out of all completed asylum cases in 2016, Guatemala represented 16.43% of the cases, a total of 30,639 cases. However, in that same year only 7.24% of Guatemalan asylum seekers, about 632 in number, were granted asylum. Why Do Guatemalans Seek US Asylum? What are the main claims that Guatemalans use to seek asylum? There are four main causes, although some represent a larger number of cases than others. These are the main reasons claims for asylum in the US are filed by Guatemalans: Domestic Abuse Since a ground-breaking asylum ruling in 2014 that classified “married Guatemalan women unable to leave their relationships” as a particular social group, women suffering from domestic abuse by their partners...

Chinese Asylum Seekers in the US

Asylum seekers in the US come from all over the world. The Department of Justice compiles an annual year book of data and statistics about all types of immigration cases in the US, giving us a good snapshot of how many people apply for asylum annually and where they come from. In 2016, Chinese asylum seekers accounted for the largest number of asylum seekers and asylum grants in the United States. Let’s take a look at Chinese asylum applications in the US to see what the main reasons are for requesting asylum and some of the unique factors that affect Chinese citizens seeking asylum. Reasons for Chinese Asylum Claims Very specific criteria are applied to those who seek US asylum. Based on the existing 5 reasons applicants are allowed to seek asylum, many Chinese applicants have parallel reasons for their requests. Here are the three main reasons that...

Can You Work While Applying for Asylum?

Applying for asylum in the US can take years in some cases, whether you’re accepted or not. During that time, you’re not eligible for government benefits or care. So, what can you do about your living expenses? Once you’ve applied for asylum, you will eventually be able to apply for a temporary work permit, after a certain period of time. Applying for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) The Employment Authorization Document (EAD) – often called the EAD card – is available to people applying for asylum under most circumstances. But, you won’t be eligible to get it until your application has been submitted and no final decision is made within 180 days. You may be able to apply after 150 days, to receive it after 180 days of no final decision. The 180-day wait time starts from the moment you officially file your asylum application. But, the clock can...

What is Religious Asylum in the United States?

In the US, there are five distinct reasons someone can be granted asylum. These are persecution based on race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. Because religion is one of the five listed reasons that asylum can be given, it’s common to see people from all around the world apply for religious asylum in the US. How does religious asylum work in the United States? What are the challenges for this type of asylum application? How Religious Beliefs Can Justify Asylum Claims Whether you apply for affirmative asylum or defensive, you will have the burden of proof to show three main things: That you practice a certain religion That you have been persecuted or fear persecution by the government (or a group that the government cannot or will not stop from persecuting you) That your fear of persecution is directly...

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