For asylum applications, the people fleeing persecution in their native countries can apply in the United States. Only a few are eligible for the application. They also need to follow a specific process that involves complex paperwork. You want help from an Asylum lawyer with your asylum application.
You are eligible to apply for asylum status in the United States if you satisfy the following requirements:
If you are eligible to apply for asylum, then you will need to file paperwork with the appropriate immigration office to request asylum protection. The paperwork you will need to file includes different things, starting with Form I-589 Application for Asylum. Information contained in the application will be the primary information. An immigration officer reviewing your file will consider it, so the application form must be accurate and complete. If there are errors or incomplete information in the application, then your asylum could be denied, or you will be asked to fix the errors or provide the missing information.
USCIS Form I-589 is the application form required to be filed by anyone seeking asylum. Information contained in the application will be the primary information an immigration officer reviewing your file will consider, so the application form must be accurate and complete. If there are errors or incomplete information in the application, then your asylum could be denied, or you will be asked to fix the errors or provide the missing information.
Before completing this application form, it is important that you take time. Think through what your experience has been or was leading you to seek asylum in the United States. If the events happened recently, then the information should be fresh in your mind, which helps complete the asylum application.
If the events happened a long time ago, as is often the case. Then remembering all the details may be difficult, other than the most traumatic. In this case, a lawyer can help determine how to proceed and include as many details as possible. You may also wish to talk to family or friends who knew or were aware of what you went through. And even have them provide affidavits recollecting what they knew.
Once you have gathered all the information and documents relevant to your asylum claim, the next step is to complete Form I-589. The application form has been time-tested to bring out only the most essential information. In this way, determine the credibility of your claim. Think about it when you are completing the form. Certainly, you must tell a believable story.
Do not exaggerate or embellish the information you put on the application and do not include detail you might forget during an interview. If there is any inconsistency in what you put on the application form and what you say during the interview, this could be problematic and may result in your application being denied. You want a lawyer helping you complete this form to set you up for success.
As part of your basic application package, your attorney will need to include the following items:
Once you have submitted your properly completed form I-589 to the appropriate US Citizenship and Immigration Services office, you should receive a receipt notice acknowledging receipt of your application. This assumes you have not previously been placed in removal or deportation proceedings.
If you file your application within 1 year of entry into the United States but do not receive a receipt notice for your application, and it has been more than 60 days since you submitted your application, then you should have your immigration lawyer contact the USCIS at 800-375-5283.
They will need to provide them with some tracking number to show that you, in fact, submitted the application and that it was delivered to the right USCIS office.
If you simply mailed the application without any form of proof of sending or delivery confirmation request, then you might have to start over because there is no way of tracking that application. It is critical when mailing anything to USCIS that you use a method you can prove, such as using return receipt request form or via courier service. A lawyer can handle this for you.
Yes you can, but you must be aware of the possible consequences, such as being placed in removal or deportation proceedings.
It is always a good idea to have an experienced immigration lawyer to help you properly and accurately prepare and file your asylum application.
If you are in the United States and cannot return to your native country for fear of persecution, contact J. Sparks Law, PLLC, today and schedule your initial consultation. We can discuss your situation and offer counsel on your best way forward.
Julie Sparks is Board-certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Immigration and Nationality Law, one of a few such attorneys in Texas. After 15 years of practice in this field, she has represented immigrants from more than 70 countries.
Ms. Sparks is a member of the Texas Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Julie has also been a featured speaker at Southwestern Law School and at the national 2015 AILA Fundamentals Conference.