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Those seeking asylum in Louisville and throughout the rest of the U.S. may be doing so for a number of different reasons. Listed among these is likely to escape discrimination they may have been experiencing in their countries of origin due to their ethnicity, religious beliefs or other reasons. They may certainly not expect to encounter it here. If they do, the hope is that they are able to rise above it and continue on their path to seeking permanent residency (if that is their ambition). 

What Is Asylum?

Asylum is available to foreign nationals who are unable to live in their nation of origin due to concerns about safety. Seeking asylum can be difficult, as it entails numerous steps, some of which are exceedingly complex. The American Council on Immigration provides the following insight for asylum seekers, many of whom are likely to be overwhelmed by the process.

How do I help a relative obtain asylee or refugee status?

If you are a refugee in Kentucky or have obtained asylee status within the last two years, then you may have the option of petitioning for a relative's asylee status. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Department, the relative in question must be your spouse or a child who is unmarried and was under the age of 21 when you were granted your own status.

Asylum applicants can refile for changes in circumstances

If you are seeking asylum in the U.S., getting here is half the battle, because you can only apply once you are in the country. If you don’t apply upon arrival and are now living in Kentucky or elsewhere in the U.S., you must file your application within one year. This is sometimes much easier said than done, however. The U.S. limits the number of refugees receiving asylum each year to 45,000, and beyond that, there are several additional reasons your application may be denied.

Understanding refugee quotas

Every year, people from all over the world looking to flee their countries of origin will often attempt to come to Louisville or other cities in the U.S. seeking asylum. Their reasons for wanting to leave their countries may vary; some may be trying to escape religious or ethnic persecution, while others may want to get their families out of areas involved in military conflicts. Whatever their motivations may be, these refugees have often viewed the United States as a safe haven. Officials in the U.S. have typically been willing to accept them, yet only to a certain point. 

Can I seek asylum in the United States?

If you are in Kentucky and seeking protection from the United States due to persecution elsewhere, or fearing persecution, based on one or more categories of eligibility, you may be able to successfully apply for asylum. You may receive asylum if you are in danger of persecution based on your political opinion, race, nationality, social group membership or religion.

Asylum and refugee status

The refugee and asylum application processes can be complex and time-consuming, but they are effective means to protect many immigrants from unsafe situations.  According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, refugees are people who seek entrance into the United States in order to avoid persecution in their homeland. The state of Kentucky in particular is welcoming to those who seek shelter from harm.

What is the affirmative asylum process?

As someone living in Kentucky who's seeking asylum in the United States, there are unfortunately a number of hoops you'll likely need to jump through to achieve that status. Applying for asylum can be a tricky thing to navigate. Here's what you may need to know about the affirmative asylum process.

Asylum and the outlook for Kentucky refugees

The current issues that refugees face when arriving to the United States can seem endless, as many Americans do not consider the country responsible for taking in foreign families experiencing danger and distress in their own countries. Fortunately, Kentucky is one of the leading states accepting refugees in search of better lives. The process of asylum arrangements, however, can be extremely complex.