Over the centuries that the United States has been an established nation, it has been a land where people from all over the world travel to find relief from political and religious persecution and to partake in the freedoms offered by a democratic society. In many nations across the world, the government is corrupt and its citizens are riddled by fear and violence and are subjected to violations of basic human rights regularly without protection or consequences for the perpetrators. The United States and other democratic nations offer a reprieve from these unjust living conditions and offer hope for a better life. For those who are afraid of persecution in their home country, the United States offers protection by way of political asylum and refugee status. Join us in today’s post as we explore what these terms mean and how they may apply to you and your loved ones.
AMERICA — THE HOPE FOR A BETTER TOMORROW
The terms political asylum and refugee status are often used interchangeably. And, while they are similar, it is important to understand the difference when seeking to apply for either. In short, political asylum can be sought by those are already physically in the United States and are afraid to return to their home countries, whereas refugee status is for those who are seeking to escape their home countries and wish to come to the United States.