FAQ for asylum seekers


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Am I a refugee?

A refugee is a person who has been forced to flee from his country because of the fact that he has suffered harm and / or has a legitimate threat of future harm because of who he is. This may include harm based on race, religion, nationality, political views or some other characteristics that can not be changed, for example, sexual orientation.

Can I get a right to political asylum?

You can apply for asylum if you can confirm that you are a refugee and you do not have any other asylum.

A list of barriers to asylum:

  1. You persecute others;
  2. You are convicted of certain crimes in the United States;
  3. You have committed a serious non-political crime outside the United States;
  4. You are threatening national security;
  5. You are engaged in terrorist activity;
  6. You intend to move permanently to another country outside your home country;
  7. You have a safe third country where you could live;
  8. You have received a prior refusal to grant asylum (except for cases that have changed);
  9. You have already had refuge for one year after arriving in the United States (except in some cases).

It is important to apply to the Migration Advocate if you believe that you may be denied the right to seek asylum because of one of these reasons.

Can I transport my family to the United States if I am looking for a shelter?

Unfortunately, asylum seekers can not bring family members to the United States until they themselves receive asylum. If you are granted asylum, you can apply for a petition I-730 for children and your spouse / your spouse in the United States.

Do I need to take an interpreter for an asylum interview in the Asylum Office?

So. The asylum office does not provide an interpreter for an asylum interview. You must bring your own interpreter for interview.

And I need an interpreter at the Immigration Court?

In general, the interpreter is not invited to attend the Master's Calendar. However, you can tell the judge that you need an interpreter for an individual hearing. The court will appoint its interpreter for individual hearings. You must use the services of the interpreter of the Court, and not your own during an individual hearing.

Should I attend my hearing in the Immigration Court, if I do not have a lawyer?

So. If you do not attend an Immigration hearing, the judge may order you to move out of the United States. At a hearing you can ask a judge to give you more time to seek a lawyer.

Do seekers seek such benefits as SNAP / Food Stamps & Medicaid??

In general, asylum seekers are not entitled to federal assistance until they receive refugee status. The eligibility of government-funded programs depends on the state.

I got a shelter. Can I apply for green card or citizenship?

If you are granted asylum, you can apply for a green card (also known as a right of permanent residence) one year after the date when you were granted the final refugee status. Generally, a green card holder can apply for US citizenship after 5 years of permanent residence. Since "Asilessa" green cards have been restored for one year, they can apply for naturalization four years after receiving a permanent residence.