Application Process

    Working with Asylum Seekers

    There is no doubt that the work an attorney does on an asylum application can mean the difference between a successful application and the client’s deportation. Vital as the attorney’s role is,…

    Elements of an Application

    An asylum application is comprised of four basic components. The elements of the application are: the USCIS application form itself, (Form I-589, often simply called the “I-589”); a written declaration by the…

    Preparing the I-589

    The information in this chapter refers to the most recent version of the Form I-589 application form (often simply called the “I-589”), which was revised on 12/29/14. Please note that Citizenship and…

    Sample I-589

    For a sample of a filled out I-589 (which accompanies the sample declaration in Section #19) click here for a pdf version. Note: there are places on the I-589 that require the applicant and…

    Preparing the Asylum Declaration

    Every application for asylum should include a declaration, or narrative from the client, detailing their experiences in their country of origin, reasons for fleeing, and reasons that they fear returning. This document…

The information contained herein is for reference only and may not be up to date. It does not constitute legal advice. You should always consult an attorney regarding your matter.

This handbook is intended for use by pro bono attorneys and immigration attorneys working on LGBTQ/HIV asylum cases.

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