Asylum process is meant to help those who are persecuted find safety in the United
States. It is a complex, multi-step process, which can be difficult to
navigate alone. With an experienced immigration attorney at your side,
you may be able to successfully navigate the process and receive asylum
in the U.S. Here are the steps you will need to take.
Step 1: Arrive In the United States
To apply for asylum, you must be physically present in the U.S. You are
unable to apply if you are outside the country.
Step 2: Complete the Application
If you wish to apply for asylum, you must complete Form I-589, Application
for Asylum and Withholding of Removal. You must complete this form within
the first year after your arrival in the U.S. There is no fee required
to complete and file this form.
Step 3: Background Check and Fingerprinting
After you have submitted your application for asylum, you will be contacted
by the U.S. Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) and instructed to
visit an Application Support Center (ACS) in your area so that you can
be fingerprinted. Your fingerprints will be used to run a background and
Step 4: Schedule Your Interview
About 21 days after you file your application for asylum, you will be contacted
to schedule an interview with the USCIS. The interview will be held at
a USCIS field office. Your immigration attorney can help you prepare for
Step 5: The Interview
You will be interviewed about 43 days after you have filed your application
for asylum. The purpose of the interview is to allow an asylum officer
to discuss your application and gain more information about your unique
situation. At the interview, you may bring your lawyer, as well as any
family members who are seeking asylum with you. If you have witnesses,
they should also attend your interview. You must provide your own interpreter,
During the interview, you must provide proof that you suffered persecution
for any of the following reasons:
- Membership to a particular social group
- Political opinion
Step 6: The Decision
At the interview, the officer may reach their decision about your case.
A supervisory officer will review the asylum officer’s decision,
and your case may be reviewed further.
Step 7: Receiving the Decision
After your case has been decided and any additional reviews are complete,
you should receive your decision from the field office you were interviewed
at. Your application may be accepted or denied. If it is denied, you may
be referred by USCIS to Immigration Court for
removal proceedings, if it is determined that you are not in the country legally.
If you are approved, you will be granted asylum and will be allowed to
remain in the U.S. This process may take up to 60 days to complete.
Law Office of Matthew Archambeault, we are prepared to help you with any immigration case, no matter how
complex it may be. Our dedicated and experienced Philadelphia
immigration lawyer is backed by more than 10 years of legal experience. We know how
overwhelming the immigration process can be, which is why we support our
clients every step of the way.
Contact our office to speak to our team and schedule an initial