Which nationalities can apply for political asylum in USA?

Many political asylum seekers in the US wrongly believe that the immigration law defines nationals of certain countries cannot be granted asylum. However, the truth is that all asylum-applicable laws do not differentiate or segregate people based on their nationality. In fact, it doesn’t matter what your home country is; what matters is that you are afraid of being persecuted, or that you were persecuted, for at least one of the following reasons:

  • Nationality
  • Religion
  • Political opinion
  • Race
  • Membership in a particular social group, such as LGBT

There are certain stipulations for obtaining asylum. For example, if you helped a terrorist organization or if you persecuted someone based on the five grounds we listed, the US government will reject your asylum application. But the key is that the US government doesn’t consider any nationality as a bar to giving political asylum to any one.

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