Withholding of Removal

Withholding of removal prohibits the United States government from removing an individual to a country where his or her life or freedom would be threatened based on race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. It is more difficult to show that an individual is eligible for withholding than for asylum, as the individual must show a clear probability of future persecution if he or she returned to the country of origin. Withholding gives a narrower scope of relief than asylum as it is country-specific, person-specific, and it does not automatically allow applications for permanent residency or naturalization. Additionally, individuals granted withholding cannot travel outside the United States and they are not given as many benefits as asylees.