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Questions, Answers About Seeking Asylum in US

Federal law allows people from other countries to seek asylum in the United States if they fear persecution at home. Here's a look at how the system works: What qualifies people for asylum? To be granted asylum, applicants must meet three requirements, laid out by the U.N. Convention on Refugees in 1951 and adopted by the United States.  Applicants must prove: 1) They have a "reasonable fear" of persecution in their home country. Reasonable fear is defined by the...

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