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Asylum Roadmap
Arrival in NYC

To be eligible for
asylum, you must
have experienced
persecution or have
a fear of future
persecution based
on one or more of
the following

Membership in a
particular social group
(gender, sexuality,
ethnicity, etc.)
Political opinion

2 Apply for asylum
You or your lawyer must file
the asylum application
(I589) within 1 year of your
arrival in the U.S.
You can apply after your
visa has expired as long as
you apply before the one
year deadline.
You are able to submit
additional information and
evidence after you submit
this application.



After your
interview, you will
be asked to return
to the asylum
office 2 weeks
later to receive a
letter of decision
from the

You must be in the U.S. to apply for asylum.


You must prove that you have been
persecuted or fear persecution as an
individual. Asylum is not granted
based on general country
conditions (i.e. war, etc.).
Therefore, it is critical to have a
consultation with a lawyer to advise
you whether your case fits the
asylum criteria.

Work permit
You can apply for your work
permit 150 days after your
asylum application was
received by government.
After sending in your
asylum application, you will
receive a receipt in the mail
which tells you the date
that your application was
Your work permit is valid for
2 years, and must be
renewed at that point.

You will

4 Asylum interview
The current waiting period
for an interview is 2-3
There is no government
help for housing or other
assistance during this
It is very important to have
a lawyer prepare your case
and accompany you to
your interview. Having an
attorney highly increases
your chances to win

Yes — Granted asylum
You can apply to bring family to the U.S.
You can apply for a green card.

No — Referred to immigration court
For immigration court, you need to have a lawyer, with whom
you will meet the judge who will give you the date of your
asylum court hearing.
In the meantime, you can continue to renew your work permit.

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