Those who are living in United States or outside of their own country may be eligible to apply for asylum. There are specific requirements to ensure eligibility for seeking asylum and they may be challenging to prove.
Fear due to beliefs or lifestyle
Residents of any country who believe they may be persecuted by their government based on their politics, religion or sexual orientation may be eligible to seek asylum in the United States. These conditions can be unbearable and make it difficult or impossible for a person to remain in their own country.
Fear of persecution by the government
People often seek asylum because they fear the actions of their government. The government is defined as any person in a position of authority within a country including the military and the police. Fears may include torture, imprisonment or a deprivation of privacy or other rights. These fears do not always result in asylum being granted as there are different standards depending on the home country.