If you suffer persecution in your country of origin, you can request a work permit for political asylum. This persecution may be due not only for political reasons but also because of your race or religion.
Therefore, you can apply within a year of arriving in the United States, but when exactly to do it? How to do it? You will find out below …
When and how to obtain a work permit for political asylum
You can get a work permit for political asylum to work or you may require the EAD because you need it as identification, because when you request the permit you receive an EAD, which is a card with your photograph, the date the card was issued, its expiration date, your immigration category and the number of USCIS.
If you are asylee, even if you do not have an EAD, you can start working immediately, but if you intend to use the card as an identification document, you can apply for it with the I-765 form.
- Send Form I-765 to USCIS if you applied for asylum and did not get a decisive response within 150 days of submitting the application and USCIS will grant you a work permit within 30 days of receiving your application, therefore you must wait a definition in 180 days.
- After you have been approved for asylum, wait a year and you can apply for the green card, submitting an application with the I-485 form and you will adjust your status or register your permanent residence.
United States political asylum benefits
When your asylum is definitively approved, you will have the right to apply for immigration services and benefits, which will not only help you but also your family so that everyone can adapt to everyday life in the United States.
However, you should pay attention not to waste time and request benefits immediately because some of them are not available for an unlimited time, so they will expire shortly after you have been granted asylum.
In turn, keep in mind that in order for you to receive the benefits as a political asylee, that asylum must be definitively approved, since you will not be eligible to receive the benefits if your application is on appeal or the approval is recommended or conditional.
Political asylum benefits for children and spouse
1.When you have been approved for asylum, your unmarried children and your spouse obtain the right to a derivative grant of asylum, whether they are in the United States or outside the United States.
- If you added your unmarried children and your spouse to your asylum application and they are physically present in the United States, they are entitled to receive asylum automatically when you receive it.
- Conversely, if you did not include your unmarried children and your spouse in your application for political asylum, submit a separate Form I-730 to the USCIS (one for each member of your family).
- Your spouse may be eligible for asylum if you were legally married before applying for asylum and have a certificate issued by the government.
- Your children may be eligible if they are under 21 and unmarried.
- If you die after you received asylum, your children and spouse will continue to have asylum status if they live in the United States and can apply for lawful permanent residence after one year.
After you have obtained asylum, contact a refugee relocation agency to help you adjust to life in the United States.
If you obtained a work permit for political asylum and you are already working, refugee relocation agencies will help you:
- Obtain assistance in terms of housing, daily living expenses and cash, always according to your problems considering your income, the number of members of your family and your savings.
- You also get benefits when it comes to applying for government services like food stamps, medical care, refugee travel, and a social security card.
- You can take English classes as your second language.
- They offer you advice. Classes to train you for work and they provide you with services to place you in a job position or if you need it, they also provide you with psychological counseling.
Because these benefits are very important to you, some of these services offered by refugee relocation agencies have a deadline for you to apply for within 30 days of being granted asylum.
To apply for benefits, you can contact the refugee resettlement agency closest to your home by contacting the official website of the refugee resettlement office or by calling the Asylee information and referral hotline (1-800-354- 0365)
Some of the services even have another expiration date, as they are available for you to request within the first 7 years since you were granted asylum, such as food stamps, SSI or supplemental security income in case of disability , TANF, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, WIC, Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children and Medicaid, Health Care Benefits.
Social security card
- You can get your social security card at your local social security administration office. Call 1-800-772-1213 and you will find an office near you.
- Go to the office with the original of your asylum grant, your passport or other identification issued by the state and the SS-5 form,
- Keep the receipt they gave you as proof that you applied for the social security number so that you can show it to the agencies when you apply for benefits.
- After a few weeks you will receive the social security card in the mail. At that time, check that it does not contain restrictions and if you have them or you do not receive it, ask the same office where you started the process.
Work permit category C08
The work permit category C08 consider that you are approved to work in the United States for the time indicated on that permit. It means that you applied for asylum but have not received it yet.