Buying a house
What’s the procedure to buy a house in the USA when you are a pending asylum applicant?
I am currently renting an apartment and on pending asylum. My case has been referred to court. I want to buy a house and pay a monthly mortgage. What would your advice be?
Individuals with pending asylum and even undocumented immigrants can purchase a house. So there are no restrictions on real estate transactions deriving from the buyer’s immigration status.
The issue is more about your ability to get a loan from a bank, which will most likely be very reluctant to lend you money because of your uncertain immigration status. But this is Uncle Sam, there are always ways to make people to spend money. For example, if you are ready to put a big down payment, I do not see any problem.
From immigration law perspective, you should consider what you would do if your asylum application is not approved and you are not eligible for any other type of relief. This will obviously impact your ability to make your monthly mortgage payments. Therefore, I hope you submitted your asylum case through your attorney as it significantly increases your chances of getting asylum.
Last Update: Fevral 7, 2019