Preparing For Asylum

You have entered the United States and have now been informed you must appear before an immigration judge to determine if you will be allowed to stay.

What do you do now? Asylum Services, LLC is here to help you answer that question.

The day you enter the United States starts a countdown process.  Certain items must be presented within a one-year time frame that will significantly affect your ability to remain in the United States successfully.  Unfortunately, many people do not understand the complicated United States Immigration system to know what they need to do.

With a limited amount of pro-bono attorneys available, many people attempt to go through the process without representation. Unfortunately, without help, you significantly lower your chance of gaining asylum in the immigration court.  In addition, you must credibly inform the court of your story, and you must be able to document your story.


Prepare For Your Asylum Hearing

If you have been provided a Notice To Appear before an immigration judge, you need to prepare. In addition, if you entered the United States at a Port of Entry and now wish to apply for asylum, you need to prepare.

Critical documents require submission at set timelines. For example, you must file your initial application within the first year after entry into the United States or before your legal status expires. Therefore, knowing where to file and what to file is essential.

You will need to prepare your declaration. Your declaration is the most critical item you will provide to the court or USCIS. Therefore, each item in your declaration requires supporting evidence to the greatest extent possible.

We help you provide the documents you need for the initial filing, the declaration, supporting documentation, employment authorization, and other issues that may arise during the process.

I-589 Application For Asylum

Your defense to deportation for many will be a Request for Asylum.  This will require you to submit Form I-589 with the immigration court.  While this may appear a relatively straightforward process, it is not.  Many questions need answers, and how you answer those questions will help determine your chance of gaining asylum.

Filing your Form I-589 within one year from entering the United States is required.  Failure to file this form within one year will make it difficult to gain asylum.

Your Declaration

The most important document you will have for the immigration court is your Declaration.  This Declaration is your story.  How you state your account is critical.  The immigration judge will hear your story and decide if the story is true.

To help the judge determine if your story is confirmed, you must provide documentation that supports your account.  However, getting this documentation and having it translated into English can be a very time-consuming process. Therefore, you must give as much proof of everything you say that you can.

I-765 Work Authorization

The I-765, Employment Authorization Document, provides permission for you to work in the United States while your asylum application is processed.  This application applies to both USCIS cases and EOIR (court) cases.

The current rules require you to wait 180 days AFTER filing your asylum application with either USCIS or EOIR.  Therefore, the longer you wait to file your asylum application, the longer you will need to wait before you can work.


Asylum Services LLC is owned by Attorney Donald L. Lader, Jr.

Attorny Lader's current office is in Bath, Maine. He is licensed in New Hampshire and limits his legal work to Immigration Law.

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