Asylum and Immigration Are Complex Issues with Specific Guidelines

Thousands of people come to the United States every year seeking asylum. Immigrants may need protection when they are in danger of harm in their home country. Asylum and immigration are complex issues with laws and guidelines that change from time to time. It is helpful to discuss your specific situation with an experienced immigration lawyer. Asylum is granted to a number of immigrants, but first they must meet the requirements set forth by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Refugee Status

A refugee is a person in need who is a citizen from outside the United States. A refugee may need to leave his homeland due to the presence of a dangerous situation, or because of persecution. The United States allows these individuals the ability to be admitted to the U.S. on a temporary basis. The refugee must meet certain criteria, which is set forth by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).


The United States provides a safe asylum for those who reach our borders from countries where they are under persecution. An asylum request can be made at the port of entry. This is done using form I-589. If you are already living in the United States, you have one year from your date of arrival during which to submit the form. If the form is not submitted, the immigrant is eligible for deportation, even if he or she is seeking asylum.

Application Process

Although refugees may flee their home countries to seek asylum in the United States, they are not automatically granted legal asylum. That can only be done through the approval of the associated application. Once the application form has been submitted, it can take some time for anything to happen. After the form has been reviewed, you will receive an answer from the USCIS. If your application has been denied, you may submit a claim within 16 days that provides evidence to support your request.

Resolving Problems

Only immigrants from specific countries during times of strife are considered refugees. If you are not eligible for asylum you may be able to apply for a different type of visa. Asylum status is valid only for a certain length of time. If your visa expires it may be able to be renewed only if there is still a dangerous condition in your home country. If you wish to work while you are in the U.S. you will need to apply for permission with form I-765. The asylum situation can be a complex one. It is best to talk to a qualified immigration lawyer to determine how to proceed in your specific case.


This blog should be used for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship with any reader and should not be construed as legal advice. If you need legal advice regarding Asylum and Immigration, or other Immigration Law matters, please feel free to contact Phil D. Ortega at  480.461.5330, log on to,  or contact an attorney in your area. Udall Shumway PLC is located in Mesa, Arizona and is a full service law firm. We assist Individuals, families, businesses, schools and municipalities in Mesa and the Phoenix/East Valley.