Immigration law in the United States, including the Refugee Act of 1980, allows for individuals who are in legitimate danger in their own home countries to seek asylum in the United States. This means that people who can prove that they fear unfounded prosecution or other dangers on the basis of certain criteria may remain in the United States despite lacking any other valid immigration status. Generally, those wishing to seek asylum must prove that they fear imminent danger as a result of their religion, gender, political position or race. There are a number of specific requirements associated with how and when an individual can apply for asylum based on these factors. For more information about asylum, what you need to prove and how to apply, refer to the articles and answers to frequently asked questions in this section.