Frequently Asked Questions About Applying for Asylum 

Refugee girl standing with her old suitcase on the countryside.

Applying for asylum is intended to provide for those who seek the refuge that our nation has to offer. The U.S. receives about 25,000 asylum-seeking applications every single year. The number is painful to bear— there are people coming from all parts of the world to outrun the poverty and ruin that oppresses their home countries. There is no need to become apprehensive when it comes to the application. We’ve listed some of the most frequently asked questions along with the answers, just to provide you with support and guidance for the process. 

  • How do I know I am eligible?

You are eligible to apply for asylum if you are at a port of entry into the United States. No matter what your immigration status is, you can also apply and this must be done within one year of arriving into the U.S.

  • How can I obtain asylum benefits for my spouse and children?

You must list your spouse and children when you are filling out an application. You may also list your spouse as a dependent, including your children in they are under 21 and if they are not married. It would be wise to bring your dependents with you to your interview so they can illicit that they are responsible and well-intentioned. 

  • Will I be required to undergo any security checks?

Every individual who applies for asylum will be subject to a series of background and security checks. This is for your safety and U.S. citizens’ safety. Background and security checks usually consist of FBI checks on your biographical and information and fingerprints. 

  • What is the fee for the application?

There is no fee to apply for asylum. 

  • How long does the application take to process?

A decision should be made in regards to your asylum application within no later than one hundred eighty days after you filed the application. It may be done sooner depending on specific exceptions. 

  • How can I find out the status of my application? 

You can find out where your asylum application stands by sending a written inquiry or by visiting the asylum office with jurisdiction over your case. If you decide to visit the asylum office, you must be able to provide your A-number, your legal name, date of birth, and date and location of your asylum interview, if applicable. 

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