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How to seek asylum in the United States

Thousands of people come to the country each year seeking protection from discrimination in their country of residence. This discrimination can be religious, sexual, related to race, nationality, political affiliation and belonging to a particular social group. Seeking asylum in the United States can lead to you being allowed to remain in the country permanently. You need to follow the rules outlined in this post in order to legally seek asylum.

It costs you nothing to apply for asylum in the country. You need to complete your application for asylum within one year of arriving in the country. The form required for asylum is Form I-589. This is known as the Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal.

When you file your application, you are permitted to include your children and your spouse at the same time. If you fail to include them on your initial application, you can still add them up until the time a final decision is made regarding your situation. In order to include children on your application, the child must be under the age of 21 and not married.

Should your application for asylum be denied, you will receive a reason for the denial and then be given a time frame in which you must leave the country. If your application is denied and you remain in the country, you risk being deported, which can cause you future issues if you try to return.

Now that you know what it takes to seek asylum in the United States, you can begin your application process. Make sure you have all of the proper documents completed so your application is not denied.

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