South Carolina residents might be interested to learn about an asylum case that is making big news. An LGBT rights activist from Uganda had his asylum application recommended for approval on Sept. 11. In the letter he received from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the man learned that he would be formally granted asylum after passing a background check.
At the time that he put in the application, the man lamented that he had nowhere to go. After the president of Uganda signed the Anti-Homosexuality Act, the man's home became a place in which he no longer felt safe. According to the Act, individuals who engaged in homosexual behavior could potentially be sentenced to life in prison. Although the Anti-Homosexuality Act was struck down in August, homosexual behavior is still unlawful in Uganda due to a British colonial-era penal code that is still in effect.
After receiving the news about his asylum application, the man said that he was overwhelmed and overjoyed. He did not know where he would ultimately decide to live in the United States, but he was sure that he would continue to campaign for LGBT rights in Uganda.
A person may apply for asylum in the United States for a variety of reasons. If an individual is being persecuted in their home country because of their sexual orientation, race, religion or political beliefs, they may have a good case for applying for asylum. An immigration attorney could help a potential asylum applicant to determine if asylum is the right path or if another immigration option would work better for their case.
Source: NPR, "Ugandan LGBT Activist Recommended For Asylum In U.S.", Tom Dreisbach, September 21, 2014