Asylee Law and Legal Definition

Asylee refers to an alien in a country or at a port of entry who is found to be unable or unwilling to return to his/her country of nationality, or to seek the protection of that country because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution.

In the U.S, an asylee is eligible to adjust to lawful permanent resident status after one year of continuous presence in the country. The Department of Homeland Security handles the asylum program.