I have been legally in the states for 4 years. I came on J1 visa and then switched to F1. I will be finishing school this summer. My plan was to apply for OPT, then H1B visa and ultimately Green Card. However, after sending in my passport for extension, i learned that there is a warrant out for my arrest in my home country. It turned out that because of my past political involvement in the opposition parties and a number of recent law changes retroactively applied to my case, i am being sought after as a dissident. Now, the problem is that i don't really have any official proof. All i got is the letter from the local authorities certifying there is indeed a warrant out for my arrest. Also, i might be able to get testimonial letters from my friends who were involved in the same activities as me and a letter from my parents stating that they are constantly being harassed by the local officials. My main question is: Since my political involvement was through the church i was a member of, what is the ground i should seek political asylum under: religious persecution or political involvement in the opposition organizations? Does it matter? i heard one is easier than the other. thanks for the advice.