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Under U.S. law, any alien present in the United States is permitted to apply for asylum regardless of the alien’s status.  A NACARA beneficiary may want to pursue an asylum application because a grant of asylum permits a dependent spouse or unmarried child under the age of 21 who is included in the asylum application to be granted asylum.  If the spouse or unmarried child is not included in the asylum application or is outside the United States at the time the application is approved, the applicant may request that such dependents receive derivative asylum status.  Upon approval of the request, those dependents may then join the applicant in the United States.  There also may be certain public assistance benefits that are available based on an approved asylum application. You may wish to consult with an attorney or representative before your interview if you have any concerns about withdrawing an asylum application.

Last Reviewed/Updated: 
09/29/2008