This status is available to individuals in the United States or individuals at the port of entry trying to enter the U.S. for protection because “they have suffered persecution or have a well-founded fear that they will suffer persecution on account of their race, nationality, religion, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.”
Individuals who are already in the United States, must file within one year of arrival. You may add your spouse and unmarried children under 21 years old to the application.
Individuals who do not qualify for Asylum, may seek protection in immigration court by applying for withholding of removal.

DACA—Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival


Available to individuals born after June 15, 1981 and who came to the United States to live prior to their 16th birthday. These individuals must have been present in the United States on June 15, 2012 and without a lawful immigration status; and have continuously resided in the U.S. since June 15, 2007 to present. DACA is available to individuals in removal proceedings and those who have never been in removal proceedings. If you are removal proceedings, you need not be 15 years of age or older.

  • You must be currently enrolled in school or graduated, received a General Education Development (GED) certificate, or have been honorably discharged from the Coast Guard or Army;
  • You must not have been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or more than three other misdemeanors;
  • You must not pose a threat to national security or public safety.

DACA status is granted for two years and can be renewed. You will also be granted employment authorization to work.