Stay in the United States by Requesting Asylum

Those hoping to come to or stay in the United States to avoid persecution must seek asylum. There are two (2) ways you may choose to seek asylum—learn more about each option below.

Affirmative Asylum

If you are currently in the United States and you want to seek asylum, you can apply for affirmative asylum. This requires applicants to file an application within one (1) year of coming to the United States or within a reasonable amount of time thereafter.

Defensive Asylum

Immigrants facing deportation from the United States may be able to halt proceedings by filing a defensive asylum application.