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How Can I Seek Asylum in the U.S.?

Foreign woman looking at the camera and hoping to seek asylum

People seek asylum in the United States for many reasons, such as fleeing violence or persecution in their home countries. Others may have already left their home countries and realize they will be at risk of persecution upon their return. Whatever the reason, asylum seekers are often forced to leave everything they know behind and start anew.

If you are seeking asylum in the U.S., you must follow certain procedures and be qualified to receive this status. In general, asylum applications must be filed within one year of entering the United States. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) or an immigration court will only excuse a failure to file the application within one year in limited circumstances. 

How to Seek Asylum

The asylum application process can be long and complicated. When someone is already in the United States, the first step to apply for asylum is to file Form I-589, Application for Asylum and Withholding of Removal, and supporting evidence with USCIS. Once USCIS receives the application, they will usually schedule the applicant for a biometrics services appointment at an application support center. (Note: there is a different process for seeking asylum if someone is removal proceedings or expedited removal proceedings.)

The process proceeds by attending an interview with a USCIS asylum officer, during which you will be asked to describe your experiences and explain why you are seeking asylum.

If the asylum officer determines that you have a well-founded fear of persecution, your application may be approved, and you will obtain asylee status. After being in asylee status for at least one year, you may apply for lawful permanent residence (i.e., a green card).   

On the other hand, if the asylum officer does not believe that you have a well-founded fear of persecution, your application will be referred to an immigration judge for a full hearing. During this hearing, you will again be asked to describe your experiences and explain why you believe you should be granted asylum, and you will have the opportunity to present new evidence in support of your application.

The asylum application process can be daunting, but there are people who can help you through it. Seek an experienced immigration attorney to help you with your case. Asylum is a complex area of law and having someone on your side who knows the ins and outs can make all the difference.

An immigration attorney can also help you if your asylum application is denied. If you are facing deportation, an attorney can help you file an appeal. An experienced asylum attorney will know how to build a strong case on your behalf and give you the best chance of winning your appeal.

Asylum Immigration Attorneys at Murray Osorio PLLC

Don't try to go through the asylum process alone. The dedicated immigration attorneys at Murray Osorio PLLC are ready to help you with your case. With the right legal help, you stand a much better chance of winning asylum and being able to stay in the U.S. Contact us online or by phone so we can start working for you. (800) 929-7142

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