Wrapping up our three-part blog Asylum FAQs, here are some final commonly asked questions that come up when people are considering filing for asylum (or when they are in the process of doing so). For more specific information about your immigration case or help applying for asylum, don’t hesitate to contact the Los Angeles immigration lawyers at the Hanlon Law Group.

If you are ready to apply for asylum after reviewing these asylum FAQs, contact the Los Angeles immigration attorneys at the Hanlon Law Group.

If you are ready to apply for asylum after reviewing these asylum FAQs, contact the Los Angeles immigration attorneys at the Hanlon Law Group.

Q: What do I need to bring to my interview for my asylum case?

A: In terms of people, you will need to bring an interpreter to your asylum interview if you are not fluent in English. You will also be required to bring any children or other dependents who are associated with your case and are younger than 21 years old. Additionally, you have the right to bring your attorney with you – and you should do so to ensure that your asylum interview proceeds as smoothly as possible.

In terms of paperwork, you should bring:

  • An ID, such as a passport or another legally valid form of travel documentation
  • Your birth certificate
  • Your marriage certificate (if you are married)
  • Copies of your Form I-589 and the supporting documents that have been filed with the USCIS
  • Additional paperwork critical to your case (this can include documents related to your criminal record, your history of persecution in your home country, etc.).

Q: How will the decision be made?

A: In general, during an asylum interview, you will be required to take an oath (attesting that you are telling the truth under the penalty of perjury). Then, the officer overseeing your case will ask you various questions, such as questions about:

  • Your identity
  • The reasons you are applying for asylum
  • The specific experiences you have had being persecuted in your country of origin
  • Whether you know of any reasons that you may be barred from asylum in the U.S.

Everything you discuss in this interview will be confidential.

Q: How long will it take to find out whether I have been granted asylum?

A: A decision regarding your case will not be made immediately after the interview. Instead, you generally have to go back to the location where you interview was held 2 weeks after the date of the interview to find out the decision in your case. It can take longer in some cases for decisions to be handed down, and there may be circumstances in which the decision in your case is mailed to your home (instead of you having to come retrieve it).

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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