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This is what you should know about seeking asylum

There is no question that U.S. politics have been in flux during the Trump Administration. With so many changes, it's no wonder that many immigrants are worried about coming to the United States or having trouble understanding what they need to do to be here legally.

During the years 2016 to 2019, there have been several executive orders signed with the intention of limiting legal and illegal immigration to the United States. It's argued that many of the changes have been made to combat fraudulent asylum claims and loopholes found in the asylum system.

It's important not to let these changes make you stray from filing for asylum if you are dealing with real problems in your country. Asylum is still granted to those who need it most, and you can qualify. With such stringent rules now, it's more important than ever to have the right legal guidance, so your case is treated fairly.

Why do people seek asylum?

Many people seek asylum after facing persecution against them due to:

  • Political opinion
  • Religion
  • Race
  • Membership in a certain social group
  • Nationality

If asylum is granted, then they can stay in the United States.

How long do you have to apply for asylum?

If you are eligible, you need to file an application for asylum within a year of coming to the United States. There are no fees associated with this application, so anyone can apply for it.

Can you include your children on an application for asylum?

Yes, as long as they are with you when you come to the United States. You may also include your spouse on your application at the same time. You can add these individuals to your application at any time up until the case is reviewed and a final decision is made.

Will there be an interview?

Yes, an asylum interview takes place to talk to you about your reason for seeking asylum in the United States. Come prepared to this interview, because you want to show all the major reasons that you have to leave your country and make a new home in the U.S.

What should you do if you aren't granted asylum?

If you aren't granted asylum but know that it's something you need, it's worth talking to your immigration attorney about your case. Once you understand the reason that your case was not approved, your attorney can help you with appealing the case.

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