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On August 6, 2002, President Bush signed the Child Status Protection Act into law, enabling children who turn 21 years of age while in conditional grant status to continue to be classified as children for asylum adjudication purposes. If your child received a conditional grant of asylum as a derivative included in your asylum application, your child will continue to be eligible for asylum after he or she turns 21, provided that the following two conditions are met: 1) Your child was under 21 years of age when you filed for asylum, and 2) your asylum application was pending on or after August 6, 2002. If these conditions are not met, then your child will have aged out and will no longer be eligible for asylum as a derivative on your asylum application.

Last Reviewed/Updated: 
09/23/2008