Asylum or Refugee Status: How to Apply
Overview of the different application processes that refugees and asylees must follow.
How to Prepare an Affirmative Asylum Application
Details of how asylum-seekers in the U.S. who are not in removal proceedings should prepare their application.
How to Prepare an Asylum Application in Removal Proceedings
Submitting your asylum application and legal briefs, calling witnesses, attending the hearing, and more.
Preparing Persuasive Documents for Your Asylum Application
A successful asylum application depends on submitting convincing documentation along with a Form I-589. What documents will carry the most weight?
Filling Out Form I-589 Application for Asylum
Line-by-line instructions on how to fill out Form I-589, Application for Asylum and Withholding of Removal.
How Medical Professionals Can Assist With an Asylum Claim
Physicians can take a careful look at what harm you suffered in your home country, and supply written or oral evidence on your behalf.
How Expensive Is It to Obtain Asylum in the U.S.?
Lawyer's fees, application fees, and other expenses asylum applicants should prepare for.
How to Help a Family Member or Friend Seek Asylum
A review of the many ways to assist someone during the crucial period of applying for asylum protection in the United States.
Government vs. Non-Government Persecutor: What's the Difference for Your Asylum Claim?
The types of evidence you'll need to provide will vary depending on who persecuted you: a state actor or a non-state actor.
Entered Without Inspection? How to Prove Your Asylum Application Was Filed Within One Year
You'll need to supply your own documents dating your entry if you entered EWI.
Filling Out and Submitting Form I-602 Waiver of Ground of Inadmissibility
Detailed instructions for preparing the form with which a refugee or asylee can request that the U.S. government overlook a ground of inadmissibility.
Filling Out Form I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition
Line-by-line instructions on how to fill out Form I-730 for the qualifying family member of an asylee or refugee.
When Can Asylum Applicants Get a Work Permit?
Limited circumstances under which an applicant for asylum will be permitted to work in the United States.
How to Apply for a Work Permit While Awaiting an Asylum Decision
As an asylum applicant, you are allowed to work in the U.S.
When Can You Apply for Asylum?
Learn about the different times and situations you may request asylum.
Timing of the Affirmative Asylum Application Process
The asylum process is difficult to track but knowing this information may help you as apply or wait for asylum.
Can I Still Apply for Asylum After the One-Year Filing Deadline?
How the one-year filing deadline applies to your application for asylum in the U.S., and when you can take advantage of exceptions to the deadline.
USCIS returned my asylum application, so I’ve missed the one-year deadline — can I still apply?
An exception to the one-year filing deadline may help your situation.
What can I do while my asylum application is pending?
Studying, working, and other possibilities during the months or years of waiting for an asylum decision.
Marriage to a U.S. Citizen After Submitting an Asylum Application or While in Removal Proceedings
A marriage-based green card may be a good option, but first learn about the complications of choosing it at this stage.
Should I apply for asylum before my visa expires (while I have lawful status)?
You'll need to make a strategic decision about when to apply.
A notario messed up my asylum filing – can I apply on my own after one year?
Arguing for an exception to the one-year deadline for asylum applications in the U.S.
CARRP Program Creates Long Delays for Muslim-Americans Applying for Immigration Benefits
Is your application for asylum taking much longer than it should? Your country of origin may be a factor.
Preparing Documents When Submitting Late Application for Asylum Application (After One Year)
If filing a late I-589, you'll need to provide convincing paperwork to excuse the delay in filing.
What Will Happen at Your Master Calendar Hearing?
If your asylum claim ends up in removal proceedings, here's what to expect at the first (scheduling) hearing.
How Many Times You Can Appeal an Asylum Denial
An asylum applicant has many opportunities for appeal, if he or she can afford it.
Can You Appeal a USCIS Denial of a Refugee Application?
Although no direct appeal is available, you can try other measures after a denial of refugee admission by USCIS.
Previous asylum application prepared by "consultant" was denied: Can I apply again?
If you're not yet in removal proceedings, and didn't know that a consultant put false information in your I-589, you may be able to apply for asylum again.