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Asylum as a means of staying in South Carolina

Those who believe that they would suffer persecution at due to their race, religion or political leanings may file for asylum in the United States. Asylum allows an individual who otherwise may not be a legal permanent resident to stay in the country. Those who file for such protection may also request asylum for their spouses and unmarried children under the age of 21.

If 150 days has passed since an asylum application was filed and no decision has been made, an applicant may apply for employment authorization. However, a request may not be made if an applicant has caused an application decision to be delayed. In the event that asylum is granted, the applicant is eligible to work in the country right away. No one may file for asylum and the right to work in the United States at the same time. There is no fee to file an initial Application of Employment Authorization.

One year after asylum has been granted, an individual may apply for permanent resident status. Within two years after being granted asylum, an individual may request to bring his or her spouse and eligible children to the country. This time limit may be waived if there are humanitarian reasons for making the request.

Those who are seeking asylum may have the right to seek legal counsel throughout the process. Having the assistance of an immigration lawyer may significantly increase the odds of such a request granted in a timely manner. This may make it easier for an immigrant to fully understand the asylum application process.

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