What are the two ways in which persons may be granted “asylum” in the United States?

my professor says individually and by nationality.

is it correct to me to add that by individual process only one person is seeking asylum and by nationality is when they seek asylum based on their nations problems that threatens them?

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  • 9 years ago
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    well, asylum isn't nationality based, but Temporary Protected Status is, and perhaps that's what he's thinking of. TPS is established through Congress, but it's limited in various ways. there's usually a provision that you have to have entered the US by a certain date to be eligible. The last time this happened was after the earthquake in Haiti. Plus, there's supposed to be an end date for any particular nationality program and you're supposed to leave once that's reached. However, you don't have to show that you would be at personal risk if you were to return. there's an assumption that you would be based on your nationality.

    Political asylum is decided strictly on an individual basis. a person applying for asylum has to show that they have personally be persecuted under one of the 5 grounds like political opinion or religion, or that they have a personal well-founded fear of persecution if they return to their home country. a grant of political asylum is permanent and leads to green card status and eventually citizenship in the US.

  • 9 years ago

    Your professor is full of it or else you misunderstood. Asylum in the US doesn't work that way. Asylum is granted to an individual only- there is no "nationality-based" asylum.

    National groups can be protected in other ways, but not through asylum.

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