Even after receiving a UNHCR referral to come to the United States, some refugees’ applications are denied by the U.S. government agency that must accept them (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, or USCIS). This can happen for any of a variety of reasons: Perhaps USCIS concludes from its interview
There is a deadline: USCIS must receive your application within one year of your last entry into the United States. Or, if you have maintained lawful immigration status in the U.S. (for example, you had a valid visa) during your entire stay here and up to the time when you file your asylum application, you can submit your asylum application at any time, even if more than a year has passed since you last entered the United States.
Applying for asylum can be a long, stressful process. Many potential U.S. asylum applicants have little to no experience living in the U.S. and do not know how to find legal assistance, how to gather evidence, and how to determine if they are eligible for asylum. If you are a family member or a friend
One of the first issues that comes up when someone applies for asylum in the U.S. is, who was -- or might, in the future, be -- the persecutor? You do not necessarily have to prove persecution by a state actor in order to claim asylum, but you will have to prove some different things if someone outside
Asylum applications must be filed within one year after the date of a person’s most recent entry into the United States -- and you will need to prove your date of entry, which can be tricky if you entered without being inspected by a U.S. border official. (There are a few exceptions to the one-year
If you are a refugee applying for admission to the United States, or a refugee or asylee applying for adjustment of status (to obtain a green card while in the United States), and you find that your eligibility may be blocked because you are “inadmissible” under U.S. immigration law, you may be able
You’ve submitted an application for asylum with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) or in Immigration Court and are awaiting a hearing, an interview, or a decision on your case. What happens if you marry a U.S. citizen while your asylum application is pending? This article will discuss
Question I am from Bangladesh and have a valid student visa. But my status will expire soon, when I finish my program. I am afraid to return home and want to apply for asylum. Should I apply now or wait until I am no longer in lawful status? Answer Anyone physically in the United States who is not in
Question I am from El Salvador, and came to the U.S. with a coyote because I fear persecution from a gang in my country. I went to a notario here in the U.S., who I thought was the same as a lawyer, to get help applying for asylum. But even though I paid the notario, she did nothing for many months,
The Controlled Application Review and Resolution Program, or CARRP, is a covert program that the U.S. government began in 2008. Information about it is still hard to come by, however. Here are the basics: For national security reasons, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in particular U.S.