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A brief look at the process of acquiring asylum in America

Many people arriving in California from other nations have come in search of asylum. America is receptive to these immigrants, but they must present their case before they can acquire asylum and refugee status. As you might expect, this can be a lengthy process that feels overwhelming. This post will give you a brief walkthrough of how it works when seeking asylum and refugee status.

You have one year in most cases to apply for asylum once you have entered the country. After arrival, you must complete a form asking for asylum. Those aged 13 and older must submit to a background check and fingerprinting. Once these tasks are complete, you will receive a notice informing you of when and where your asylum interview will take place. In most cases, the applicant receives this notice within 21 days after applying.

Although not required, it is wise to acquire an immigration attorney to help with the application and interview process. A lawyer will ensure your rights remain protected and that your interview proceeds in a fair manner. Typically, your asylum interview will occur within 43 days of filing your application. However, it may take longer to get an interview in some cases.

The interview itself is an extremely important event when it comes to gaining asylum and refugee status. What you say during the interview will enable the asylum officer to make an informed decision. For this reason, it is critical to offer as much detail about your situation as possible. Preparing for your interview with attorney assistance is a great way to voice your experiences and increase your chances of success.

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