If an asylum applicant returns to their home country, they will have to show strong or compelling reasons for returning to their home country. The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) lists reasons why asylum status could be terminated, even if the asylee has already become a U.S. permanent resident. Returning to the country of claimed persecution could trigger a number of issues:
(1) Returning to the country of feared persecution may be considered evidence that the asylee’s fear was not genuine or that there was fraud in the asylum application.
(2) It may be perceived that perhaps there has been a fundamental change in the asylee’s country of persecution. Therefore, you are no longer in need of your Asylee status and it is safe for you to return to your home country.
An asylee or an asylee who later becomes a permanent resident will likely be questioned why he or she was able to return to the country of claimed persecution. In some circumstances, there may be legal proceedings to end that person’s asylum status. In conclusion, it’s always a good idea for asylees or permanent residents who were once asylees to discuss their upcoming travel with an immigration attorney.