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For anyone who fears persecution in their home country, receiving a grant of asylum in the U.S. is usually the immigration remedy of choice. Asylum offers a path to a green card, reunification with family, and other benefits. However, there are many applicants who genuinely fear harm in their home country, yet do not meet one or more of the asylum eligibility criteria, perhaps because of a late application or a criminal record. In such cases, it's worth looking into withholding of removal and Convention Against Torture protection as possible last-ditch ways of avoiding removal to the home country.