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Asylum Seekers from El Salvador

Salvadoran Asylum Seekers in the US According to 2016 US asylum statistics from the US Department of Justice and the 2016 Immigration Year Book, El Salvador is now the 2nd most common country of origin for people who are granted asylum in the United States. There is a steady increase in numbers of asylum seekers from El Salvador over the years as conditions in the country lead some to flee for their safety. Why Do People from El Salvador Request Asylum? There are two main circumstances that usually drive Salvadorans to apply for asylum in the US. While other reasons may also exist, there two circumstances are the most commonly seen on asylum applications in the United States: Gang Related Claims Gang violence and asylum claims related to gang activity have increased since 2013. The rise of major gang wars within El Salvador has led to many seeking asylum...

Asylum Seekers from Guatemala

Guatemalans Seeking Asylum in the US Guatemala asylum claims in the US have consistently been some of the highest in number from a specific nationality. Out of all completed asylum cases in 2016, Guatemala represented 16.43% of the cases, a total of 30,639 cases. However, in that same year only 7.24% of Guatemalan asylum seekers, about 632 in number, were granted asylum. Why Do Guatemalans Seek US Asylum? What are the main claims that Guatemalans use to seek asylum? There are four main causes, although some represent a larger number of cases than others. These are the main reasons claims for asylum in the US are filed by Guatemalans: Domestic Abuse Since a ground-breaking asylum ruling in 2014 that classified “married Guatemalan women unable to leave their relationships” as a particular social group, women suffering from domestic abuse by their partners...

Chinese Asylum Seekers in the US

Asylum seekers in the US come from all over the world. The Department of Justice compiles an annual year book of data and statistics about all types of immigration cases in the US, giving us a good snapshot of how many people apply for asylum annually and where they come from. In 2016, Chinese asylum seekers accounted for the largest number of asylum seekers and asylum grants in the United States. Let’s take a look at Chinese asylum applications in the US to see what the main reasons are for requesting asylum and some of the unique factors that affect Chinese citizens seeking asylum. Reasons for Chinese Asylum Claims Very specific criteria are applied to those who seek US asylum. Based on the existing 5 reasons applicants are allowed to seek asylum, many Chinese applicants have parallel reasons for their requests. Here are the three main reasons that...

What is Religious Asylum in the United States?

In the US, there are five distinct reasons someone can be granted asylum. These are persecution based on race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. Because religion is one of the five listed reasons that asylum can be given, it’s common to see people from all around the world apply for religious asylum in the US. How does religious asylum work in the United States? What are the challenges for this type of asylum application? How Religious Beliefs Can Justify Asylum Claims Whether you apply for affirmative asylum or defensive, you will have the burden of proof to show three main things: That you practice a certain religion That you have been persecuted or fear persecution by the government (or a group that the government cannot or will not stop from persecuting you) That your fear of persecution is directly...

Common Mistakes Made During the Asylum Process

It’s easy to make mistakes when you’re seeking asylum in the United States. While some mistakes may just delay the process for you, others may result in your application being denied entirely. Many common asylum mistakes can be avoided, but it’s good to know what you may be doing wrong before you make each step. Mistakes in Applying The application process itself is extensive and needs a lot of attention to detail. There are a lot of things you should pay attention to that can cause you problems later in the process. Here are a few common asylum application mistakes to avoid: Applying without eligibility Sometimes when a relative or friend is granted asylum, it’s easy to assume you will also be granted asylum under similar pretenses. However, you may not be individually eligible, and you should examine your own claim carefully. Applying for asylum without...

Can You Bring Your Family to the US When Applying for Asylum?

Family separation is hard to handle, especially if you’re forced to be apart for years at a time. Because of this, many people applying for asylum are interested in how they can be re-united with their family as soon as possible, or how they can get the same asylum benefits for their family members. Which Family Members Can Get Asylum Together? You’re not able to seek asylum benefits on behalf of every relative, but you can get derivative asylum benefits or dependent benefits for your unmarried children under 21 and your spouse, as long as they are eligible for admission into the United States. There are certain caveats to this that we’ll look at a little bit later on. Most of your other relatives are unable to get derivative asylum benefits through your application. Siblings, parents, grandparents, cousins, and most other relatives are not able to receive...