Tag: asylum to permanent residency



Embarking on the journey to asylum in the United States is a profound step towards freedom for those escaping persecution. This comprehensive guide navigates the intricate waters of asylum-seeking, shedding light on the vital connection between asylum and work permits for a stable future.

Asylum serves as a beacon of hope, providing international protection to individuals facing persecution in their home countries. To be eligible, one must meet specific criteria that demonstrate a well-founded fear of persecution based on race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.

Filing for asylum involves a meticulous process, encompassing the completion of necessary forms and the submission of compelling documentation that supports the applicant’s claim. Following the application, individuals undergo interviews to provide further insight into their situation, ultimately leading to a decision by immigration authorities.

The period between application and decision often entails a waiting game. Here, the importance of securing a work permit comes into play. Work authorization is a lifeline during this waiting period, granting asylees the opportunity to pursue employment and achieve financial independence while awaiting a decision on their asylum status.

Work permits serve as a pivotal tool for individuals granted asylum, providing them with the opportunity to achieve financial independence and contribute actively to their new community. However, it is crucial to understand the nuanced landscape of work permits, including both their advantages and limitations.

Financial Autonomy and Contribution:

  • Obtaining a work permit empowers individuals by allowing them to secure employment, fostering financial autonomy and enabling meaningful contributions to society.

Job Market Access:

  • Work permits open doors to a broader spectrum of employment opportunities, providing access to a more extensive job market, allowing exploration of various industries and professions.

Education and Skill Enhancement:

  • Engagement in the workforce often facilitates pursuing educational and skill enhancement programs, empowering individuals to develop their skills and competencies.

Social Integration and Community Contribution:

  • Beyond financial benefits, work permits play a crucial role in social integration, fostering a sense of belonging and shared responsibility, enriching the cultural diversity of society.

Duration and Renewal Challenges:

  • Work permits are subject to limitations, including duration tied to asylum status, requiring awareness of expiration dates and timely renewal to minimize disruptions.

Occupational Restrictions:

  • Work permits may come with certain occupational restrictions, necessitating an understanding of limitations on specific job categories or industries.

Dependency on Asylum Status:

  • The validity of a work permit is contingent upon asylum status, emphasizing the need for staying informed about changes to mitigate potential disruptions.

Navigating the landscape of work permits requires a comprehensive understanding of both the benefits they offer and the potential limitations they impose. Our legal team at Cambridge Immigration Law is dedicated to providing insightful guidance, ensuring that individuals granted asylum can make informed decisions aligned with their aspirations and contribute meaningfully to their adopted communities.

From Asylum to Happy Marriage-Based Green Card

Marriage-based green card

After 8 years and with our help, our client obtained a marriage-based green card. He is finally a Lawful Permanent Resident of the United States! Our team first started working with a wonderful, young gay man from a country where he was persecuted. Eight years ago, we filed for asylum for him–right at the time when the asylum system started to drastically slow down from about a 1-2 year timeframe to the current 5 to 8 year processing time. As our client waited for a decision on his asylum case, he built a life in the US, graduating, working, and falling in love with a US citizen.

Our client married his husband almost three years ago, and we filed a marriage-based green card application for him. Due to a very minor criminal issue, his green-card application was delayed more than a year. Today, our team opened the mail and received the wonderful notice that the marriage-based green card was finally approved. Congratulations to our client and his husband!


If you and your partner are beginning the green card process as an affianced couple or as a married couple, you should discuss your situation with an experienced immigration attorney. We’ve helped hundreds of couples traverse the complicated immigration and citizenship process. We would love to help you as well. Call 617-714-4375 or email hello@cambridgeimmigrationlaw.com to get in touch.