Wheaton, MD immigration lawyer Tamara Jezic explains who can be granted asylum under U.S law.
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Under US law someone who is fleeing persecution in his or her home country or is afraid of being persecuted in his or her home country can apply for asylum in the United States. Now there are basically three elements of an asylum claim that an asylum applicant has to prove in order to be granted asylum. And that is that the applicant has been persecuted or has a well-founded fear of persecution in the home country.
But the persecution has to be on account of a protected ground in the immigration and nationality act and those protected grounds are race, religion, nationality, political opinion, and membership in a particular social group. And the persecution has to be either by the government or by a private actor or an organization that the government is unable or unwilling to control