Can my asylum case ever be cancelled?
Yes. Unless you have obtained a “green card” or lawful permanent resident status, you could lose your asylum status as well as the derivative asylum status given to your spouse and children if:
- The U.S. government has evidence that there was fraud in your asylum application.
- There has been a “fundamental change” in your country so that the reason you were afraid to return is no longer present.
- You have been convicted of a crime that meets the definition of “aggravated felony.”
- There exists another country which will accept you for asylum or you have obtained a new nationality.
- You have returned to your home country or you have used your country’s protection. For example, traveling on your home country’s passport or renewing it.
Asylum is not a right to remain permanently in the U.S. and for this reason it is important to apply for a “green card” or lawful permanent resident status as soon as you are eligible. If you are facing termination of your asylum status, is important to consult with an immigration attorney.