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5 FAQs About Asylum Applications

Living in a nation where your fundamental rights are disregarded and you face relentless persecution for holding independent beliefs is not the kind of life anyone deserves. If you are considering seeking asylum in the United States, our skilled immigration attorney will tirelessly advocate for you, ensuring the optimal outcome for your application.

By seeking asylum, you can secure the protection that may not be available to you in your home country. This will allow you to live freely in a place that respects your freedom without casting judgment based on your identity or beliefs.

The asylum application process can be complex, with various requirements and steps to follow for the interview conducted by the US Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS). However, with the right legal representation, you can navigate this process smoothly and successfully complete your application.

This blog will provide you with essential answers to five frequently asked questions regarding the asylum application process in the US. If you require legal assistance to complete your application, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with us. Our team is ready to guide you through the process and help you obtain protection from the US government.

Do I Have To Go Through Criminal or Security Checks?

To apply for asylum in the US, you must be ready to undergo a thorough series of immigration checks. These checks will carefully examine your background and security information to confirm your eligibility for asylum status in the country. This criminal verification process may include the following:

  • USCIS will send a copy of Form I-589, Asylum and Withholding of Removal Application, to the U.S. Department of State.
  • USCIS sends your personal information to the FBI.
  • USCIS checks your personal information against law enforcement databases.
  • USCIS schedules you, if you are between 12 and 79 years, for fingerprinting. This will be sent to the FBI to conduct background/security checks.

It is important to be aware that the outcome of this verification process may have an impact on your asylum application. In fact, if you have a criminal record, you may be deemed ineligible for status and your case may be referred to an Immigration Court.

When Should I Submit My Fingerprints?

Fingerprinting is a crucial step in asylum applications within the United States. If you are 12 years or older, you will receive a notice instructing you to visit the Application Support Center to have your fingerprints taken.

Please be aware that this notification will be received after you have submitted your Form I-589 at any USCIS service office. Afterward, your fingerprints will be forwarded to the FBI for a background check to be conducted.

What Will My Status Be Once I'm Approved For Asylum?

By accurately completing the asylum application in the US and fulfilling all necessary requirements according to the legal process, you will be granted asylum status. This status ensures that the US government will safeguard you from any threats to your personal well-being that you have faced in your country of origin.

To ensure a favorable outcome for your case, it is crucial to have the support of an immigration lawyer. They will guide you through each step of the application process, inform you about the requirements to be met, and outline the necessary steps for your asylum application.

What Benefits Come With Asylum Status?

Receiving asylum status in the United States comes with many benefits. Some of the most important benefits include:

  • Employment Authorization Document (EAD)
  • Unrestricted Social Security card
  • Cash and medical assistance
  • Employment assistance
  • Refugee Travel Document

These benefits will provide you with the opportunity to build a new life with the protection that may have been unavailable in your country of origin.

Am I Allowed To Reschedule My Affirmative Asylum Interview?

Once you initiate your asylum application in the US, USCIS will schedule an interview at one of their offices. During this interview, you will have the chance to explain to an immigration officer why you are seeking asylum status in the country.

If you are unable to attend the asylum interview on the scheduled date for any reason, it is necessary to send a formal letter to the office assigned to you. In this letter, clearly state your request to reschedule the interview and include supporting evidence that validates the reasons behind your absence.

Familia America's Legal Team is Here To Help

At Familia America, we understand that the asylum application process can be overwhelming and complicated. Our skilled team will assist you throughout the entire process, ensuring you meet all the requirements to obtain asylum status in the US. Contact us today to get started on your journey toward safety and freedom.

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