Onyango - who lived in Cleveland last year after fleeing her public housing apartment in Boston - if fighting a deportation order and hopes to remain in the United States.
Onyango was to leave country four years ago after an immigration judge rejected her request for asylum from her native Kenya. She did, however, receive a stay last November.
And while a Boston Federal Court is handling the case, Onyango's legal representation is Cleveland Immigration Attorney Margaret Wong.
During a Monday afternoon news conference, Wong revealed Onyango has been granted asylum and will apply for a work visa on Tuesday.
The work visa will be good for two years.