In order to be granted asylum, an applicant must demonstrate that they are a refugee. A refugee is someone who has fled from their country and cannot return because they have a well-founded fear of persecution based on religion, race, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. In the United States, the affirmative asylum process includes a paper application that must be filed with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and an in-person interview. Find out what happens during an asylum interview.
As the holidays approach, it is important to remember that this a time in the U.S. when there have historically been spikes in incidents of domestic violence. Noncitizens in the U.S. who are also experiencing intimate partner violence may feel that their immigration status is an additional barrier to leaving their partner or getting help. While many factors make it extremely hard to leave a relationship, it is important to know that there are immigration options available if you are an immigrant and this blog post discusses generally some of them.
On November 9, 2018, President Trump issued a proclamation barring any individuals entering without inspection from seeking asylum. Ten days later, a Federal Judge issued a temporary injunction blocking the administration from implementing the new policy, saying it likely violated federal law on asylum eligibility. Learn more about this new development.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offers immigration services that may help people affected by special situations, including severe storms such as Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut.
On Friday, August 3, 2018, U.S. Federal Judge John Bates ruled that the Trump administration's decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was made on unreasonable grounds or without any proper consideration of circumstances, and that it must fully restore the program with a 20-day postponement until August 23, 2018, to allow the government to respond and appeal.
On July 16, 2018, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) updated Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. The form is now seven pages long and includes new questions about previous arrests and convictions. Learn more about who is affected and what documents are required by USCIS.