What is asylum?

Foreign nationals may qualify for asylum status in the United States if they fear persecution based on their political opinion, religion, nationality, race, or membership in a particular social group. The persecution must be by the government or a group of persons that the government is unwilling or unable to control.

Individuals who are physically present in the United States, regardless of how they arrived and regardless of their immigration status, may apply for asylum. Applicants may apply “affirmatively,” meaning they are not already in removal proceedings, by submitting an asylum application (I-589) to the appropriate regional United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Service Center. Alternatively, if an individual has been issued a Notice to Appear (NTA) and is in removal proceedings, they may submit an asylum application, known as a “defensive” application, to the immigration judge.

how we can help

At Kayi & Wilkes PLCC, our attorneys will take the time to hear your story and ask the questions necessary to prepare a complete, accurate, and compelling case.

prepare and file your case:

Our attorneys provide each client with detailed, individualized evidence suggestions, listing all documents and evidence required by the adjudicator to support your case. We also carefully review all evidence and affidavits for consistency and accuracy to ensure a higher rate of success.

In addition to documents to support your direct claim for asylum, the asylum adjudicator will need current, authoritative, and credible information on the country conditions in your country of origin. Our attorneys will work with you to ensure that the record is complete with background and country condition evidence.

Once the application is complete and sufficient evidence and affidavits are prepared, we will file the application and supporting documents.

prepare you for the interview and represent you at the interview (or in court)

Our attorneys will prep you for your asylum interview (or court hearing) through a thorough simulated USCIS interview. We will cover “problem areas” and give detailed advice on what to expect. Based on our experience, this is a critical stage for clients because they know what to expect and are more comfortable in front of the adjudicator.

Our attorneys also attend the interview with you to ensure that your rights are protected.

deliver trauma-informed care

In addition to meeting your legal needs, our attorneys recognize your need to be respected, informed, connected, and hopeful regarding your legal proceedings. This is known as trauma-informed care, and we can provide this level of care, as well as access to holistic support services. Sensitivity to your emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs is a priority, allowing us to build a trusting relationship and prepare a stronger case.

At Kayi & Wilkes PLLC, our attorneys have experience practicing asylum law. We have helped people from all over the world escape persecution in order to begin a new, safer life in the U.S.

Let our attorneys help secure your safety, your family, and your future. Contact us for a consultation.