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Answers to asylum eligibility questions

On Behalf of | Oct 15, 2021 | immigration |

Residents of Los Angeles and other parts of California may want to learn more about being eligible for asylum in the United States. Requirements must be satisfied when you apply.

According to U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services, or USCIS, you may apply for asylum if you are in the United States or at a port of entry. If you have been in the U.S. for more than a year, you will not be eligible, but there are exceptions.

How do you apply for asylum?

Form I-589 is the application for asylum. You can learn more about applying on the USCIS website. Your immigration status does not matter, and you do not have to pay a fee.

Can you obtain asylum benefits for your spouse and children?

You can include your spouse on the application and list your children as well. You should bring family members when you go for the interview.

Will criminal and security checks be requirements?

Yes, it is a requirement. If you have committed a crime and received a conviction, you may not receive asylum, but it depends on the crime.

When will the fingerprinting take place?

You will get a notice from USCIS after they receive your application. Everyone between 12 years and 9 months of age and 79 years of age will need fingerprinting. There is no fee for this.

How does USCIS determine if you are eligible for asylum?

You must meet the definition of a refugee based on the immigration information you provided on the application. You will also have an interview with an asylum officer for the determination. They will not grant you asylum if you are a danger to the security of the U.S. Participation in the persecution of anyone because of race, religion, nationality, or another group, including those of a different political opinion, will bar you as well.

To receive consideration for asylum, you must fill out an application and have an interview. USCIS will then determine your status as a refugee.