Requesting asylum is a complicated and challenging process that requires substantial supporting evidence and an understanding of immigration law. Even with an experienced asylum lawyer in your corner, asylum claims are very difficult. Before you proceed with an asylum claim you should seek the advice of a competent immigration lawyer with experience in asylum cases. We discuss the importance of legal representation in the asylum process here.
Do I need an attorney to file a claim for asylum?
If you think that you are eligible to file a claim for asylum, you need to be sure you are adequately represented. Asylum claims are very difficult to prove, must be supported by adequate documentation and supporting evidence, and must be done within a specific time period. Asylum proceedings involve appearing before an immigration judge in an immigration court. Even for experienced attorneys, this can be a complicated process depending on individual circumstances. Much like any legal matter, you do not want to represent yourself or proceed without an attorney representing you in court or before a judge.
How do I file an application for Asylum?
The be eligible for asylum in the United States, you must file Form I-589, Application for Asylum and For Withholding of Removal. Form I-589 must be filed within one year from the last date you entered the United States. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may need to file Form I-589 with the Immigration Judge, the immigration court, or directly with USCIS. An experienced immigration lawyer will be able to advise you on how to properly file your application for Asylum.
How do I choose an asylum attorney?
Take caution when choosing an attorney to handle your asylum claim. You cannot hire just any attorney to represent you. The attorney you choose should be licensed and have specific asylum experience. Avoid immigration fraud and do not work with or hire a “notario” to represent you. Only an attorney or an accredited representative working for a Department of Justice (DOJ) recognized organization can give you legal advice.
Additional Outside Resources
- USCIS Avoid Scams
- USCIS Asylum
- USCIS Form I-589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal
We Can Help!
If you or a loved one are seeking asylum in the United States, it is best to work with an experienced immigration attorney. “Pro se” representation is most often unsuccessful leading to removal from the United States. The best advice we can give is to not proceed alone. Contact us today so that we can assist you with your claim for asylum.