Since the one-year asylum filing rule was established in 1996, refugees who otherwise would have been granted asylum in this country were rejected because of the application deadline. On September 21st, 2011, Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) and Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) reintroduced the Restoring Protection for Victims of Persecution Act, which terminates the one-year filing deadline rule barring anyone from receiving asylum if they’ve been in the United States longer than one year. HRI recognizes that the one-year filing deadline has led to the denial of thousands of requests for asylum protection and has signed an NGO letter addressed to Members of Congress in support of the legislation.
Click here for the complete fact sheet of the Restoring Protection for Victims of Persecution Act.
The full press release is also available.