Have you been involved in dangerous situations and want to know more about the right to asylum in the United States? This concept refers to the moment in which a person has been persecuted by their own country or to the feeling of fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group.
Asylum is a form of protection in the United States that is available to people who qualify as refugees, that is, who are already in the United States and are applying for admission to the country at a port of entry or border.
In the current immigration system, this asylum application process can be tiring, even exhausting for immigrants, since they are forced to comply with interviews by American officials, with very specific questions about their experience and immigration status.
If you or someone close to you is in this situation, it is important that you request the legal advice and accompaniment of a team of lawyers who have the experience and empathy to guide you comprehensively.
How Does the Asylum Application Work?
To apply for asylum in the United States through the affirmative asylum process, in addition to being physically present in the United States or a port of entry, you will need to file the I-589 application with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). ) within one year of the alien’s last arrival in the United States.
Upon receipt of the application, USCIS will send an acknowledgment of receipt to the applicant and a notice to visit the nearest application assistance center to obtain fingerprints. Also, you can schedule the interview with an asylum officer.
Who Has Priority?
- Applications scheduled for an interview, but rescheduled at the request of the applicant or the needs of USCIS.
- Applications pending 21 days or less from submission.
- All other pending affirmative asylum applications scheduled for interviews, starting with the most recent applications.
How soon can I find out if I obtained asylum?
The asylum officer will make a decision on asylum eligibility, and it may be rectified by a supervising asylum officer. Normally there are two weeks, after the interview, in which the decision is made within the asylum offices, however, the decisions may take time when the applicant has an invalid immigration status, has pending security controls or has a case reviewed by staff from the asylum division at USCIS headquarters.
What Other Alternatives Are There?
There is also the defensive application for asylum. This occurs when an immigrant applies for asylum as a defense against removal from the United States in immigration court proceedings with the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR). This involves a hearing before a judge, who will evaluate the case. It is necessary that you attend with your attorney and an interpreter may be assigned.
Why is it Important to Have an Asylum Lawyer?
Migration dynamics are constantly changing and the right to asylum is a complex and dynamic area.
The Latorre Law Firm is a law firm that serves this area, with asylum attorneys and immigration attorneys representing clients with cases at different stages, whose main interest is to avoid possible deportation, and if all proceeds in the best of scenarios, obtain asylum in the United States.
We have confidentiality policies that allow us to offer you a general evaluation of your case without commitments. Likewise, our lawyers will be able to help you fill out the I-589 form, Application for Asylum and Withholding of Removal, or another application for immigration protection.
If you or your family have been harmed, mistreated or threatened, you may qualify for asylum. Contact our team and let us walk you through the process.