Check out these asylum FAQs to learn more about the eligibility requirements for asylum in the U.S. For more info, contact the Hanlon Law Group.
Q: What is asylum?
A: In general, asylum refers to the protection that a government grants to an immigrant who is trying to escape harm in his or her home country (because of, for example, political unrest or potential religious persecution). To be granted asylum in the U.S., immigrants have to officially file a Form I-589 (Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal) with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Q: Am I eligible for asylum?
A: To be eligible for asylum in the U.S., you have to be:
- Already physically present in the U.S. or arriving to the country via an official port-of-entry
- Filing for asylum within one year of your arrival to the U.S.
- Demonstrate that the circumstances in your country of origin (or your own personal circumstances) have substantially changed if you are attempting to file for asylum after being in the U.S. for longer than one year.
You must also be able to demonstrate that you would suffer from religious, political, racial or other types of persecution if you returned to your country of origin and that there is not another country where you could safely reside.
Q: If I am in the U.S. illegally, will I lose my eligibility to apply for asylum?
A: No – regardless of whether you are in the U.S. legally or illegally, you can still be eligible for asylum. You must, however, meet the above-described requirements when applying. There may be other requirements you have to fulfill as well, so it’s advised that you meet with an experienced lawyer to see if you qualify for asylum.
Q: If I have a criminal record, can I still apply for asylum?
A: You can apply for asylum if you have been convicted of a crime, but whether or not you will be granted asylum will depend on the nature of the crime(s) associated with your conviction(s). Additionally, if you do not disclose your criminal record in your Form I-589 and/or during your asylum interview, you can be seen as committing perjury and, therefore, could immediately lose your opportunity to be granted asylum.
Look for the upcoming second part of this blog for more important information regarding asylum in the U.S.
Los Angeles, California Immigration Lawyers at the Hanlon Law Group, P.C.
If you are ready to apply for asylum or need help with other immigration matters, you can trust your case to the Los Angeles immigration attorneys at the Hanlon Law Group, P.C. For more than 15 years, our lawyers have been successfully representing clients in various types of immigration cases, including those that involve the most basic immigration applications to those associated with extremely complicated federal court litigation.
Our firm offers state-of-the art technology to deliver these services efficiently while also providing each of our clients with old-fashioned personal service. That means you can count on your case progressing as quickly as possible while feeling confident that your Hanlon Law Group lawyer will answer your questions quickly, clearly and honestly.
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