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Can I apply for asylum if I paid a smuggler to help my child cross the U.S. border?

Question I am a citizen of El Salvador who has lived in the United States unlawfully for more than 20 years. Actually, I’ve gone in and out of th...

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Lived in another country before U.S., with no status: Was I firmly resettled, barred from asylum?

Question I am a citizen of Belarus who fled my country after my life was threatened on account of my political opinion.

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What should I wear to my asylum interview?

Question I am a citizen of Uzbekistan who was persecuted all my life because of my religion. Both my husband and I are practicing physicians and co...

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Asylum Based on Fear of Future Persecution: The Four-Part Qualifying Test

Some asylum applicants have not experienced any persecution in their country in the past, yet fear returning there.

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Is victim of forced abortion in China eligible for asylum in the U.S?

Question I am from China, where I worked in the same factory as my husband in Beijing.

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Can I get asylum if I could live safely somewhere else in my country?

Question I am an Indonesian citizen of Chinese ethnicity from Jakarta.

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Checklist: Do You Qualify for Asylum in the U.S.?

Thinking about applying for asylum? The checklist below will help you determine whether you have a good claim, and make sure you haven’t overlooked ...

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Proving the "Nexus" or Reason for an Asylum Claimant's Persecution

If you have suffered persecution in the past or have a well-founded fear of persecution in the future on account of your race, religion, nationality, ...

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Can woman get asylum based on persecution for leaving abusive husband?

Question I’m from Bangladesh, where I married a man who knew I wanted to work after completing my schooling.

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Claiming Asylum Based on Persecution on Account of Political Opinion

If you have been persecuted in the past or if you have a well-founded fear of future persecution on account of your political opinion, you could have ...

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How to Apply for CAT Protection Without Also Applying for Asylum

Convention Against Torture (CAT) protection is a defensive form of relief from removal or deportation.

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What Happens at a Credible Fear Interview

Many noncitizens of the U.S., particularly from south of the border, attempt to enter the U.S. without documentation (a visa or green card) or by usin...

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How Changed Circumstances Can Affect Your Asylum Eligibility

Your life doesn’t freeze in time when you submit an asylum application, and the U.S. government knows this. If your circumstances change while you a...

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Who Is Barred From Receiving Withholding of Removal

Withholding of Removal is an alternate or backup remedy to asylum.

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How Medical Professionals Can Assist With an Asylum Claim

This article will discuss how medical professionals can provide helpful materials to support your asylum application.

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Your Rights After a Grant of Convention Against Torture Protection or Withholding of Removal

Many people ask for what's called "withholding of removal" or protection under the United Nations Convention Against Torture (CAT) at the same time as...

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Filling Out Form I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition

If you have settled in the U.S. as a refugee or you were granted asylum, you can file Form I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition with U.S. Citizensh...

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Can I Apply for U.S. Asylum If I'm From Colombia?

From 2006 to 2011, Colombians comprised 5.5% of U.S. asylum seekers, making it the fourth most frequent nationality to request the protection of t...

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Can I Apply for U.S. Asylum If I'm From Mexico?

Even though Mexico shares a border with the U.S., Mexican nationals account for very few of the asylum approvals in the U.S. each year.

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Filling Out Form I-821 for TPS

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a temporary immigration (and work authorization) status for the nationals of nations where conditions are so poor ...

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Can I Still Apply for Asylum After the One-Year Filing Deadline?

You are expected to apply for asylum within one year of your last entry into the United States. If you entered the U.S.

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What a "Particular Social Group" Means for Asylum Purposes

In order to apply for asylum, you must meet the definition of a “refugee” – that is, you must have suffered persecution (or fear future persecut...

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