Frequently asked questions about applying for asylum

What does it mean to apply for asylum?

Applying for asylum means that an applicant is requesting protection from the United States government because they fear returning to their country for reasons such as persecution, war, or violence.

Who is eligible to apply for asylum?

Asylum seekers are eligible when they submit petitions based on persecution or other politically motivated reasons, such as ethnic harassment. Applicants must be recognized refugees and apply for asylum within two years of entering the United States.

Applicants must also prove that they have been persecuted or are fearful for political or other reasons and that there is a threat to them in their country.

How to apply for asylum?

Asylum application is the first step towards obtaining permanent legal status for applicants, allowing them to become legal residents and authorized workers. When applying, many people are interviewed by at least two different immigration officers before they succeed or fail in their applications for political or other reasons. If the requested asylum is granted, applicants will receive a permanent green card and will be allowed to legally reside in the country.

Legal process to apply for asylum

First, an applicant must apply for asylum within two years of arrival. The applicant must apply for Form I-589 (Application for International Protection) to the national service or the nearest consular office with documentation proving that they are eligible and fearful for political or other reasons.

The documentation to be submitted is the following:

– Copy of valid passport or driver’s license

– Recent photographs (no older than six months)

– Notarized letter sent by a spouse or a relative if they are no longer present in the country

– A form I – 94, showing the applicant’s entry into the country

– An application for asylum in the US, signed by a legitimate applicant

Applicants will also have to prove their identity and nationality using documents such as valid passports or driver’s licenses and authenticated certified copies. If there is no adequate evidence to determine citizenship, the applicant can submit forms I – 589 completed with personal and historical information about their family history.

What are the consequences of applying for asylum?

Applicants can often be eligible for humanitarian cases or H-14 forms while awaiting their interview with the Immigration Office (USCIS). This does not mean that they will be successful at the end of the process, but it does allow applicants to remain legal during this time.

What should asylum seekers who are detained by the Immigration Office (USCIS) do?

Applicants who are being detained may be eligible for bond or parole while they await their interview with the USCIS. Applicants do not need to contribute any money during this period and the government will reimburse them for all expenses at the end of the process, regardless of the outcome of their application.

What must applicants in detention who are not eligible for bail do?

Applicants in detention can request an injunction (stay) while the legal asylum process is underway, but this is only possible if you have at least 150 days until your interview with the USCIS. If it is finally granted, people will receive the green card and will be allowed to legally reside in the United States. There is no cost to request this type of injunction, but a pre-approved written request will be required.

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