What Should I do, If I Entered the United States Illegally and Want to Apply for Asylum?

After watching the evening news and seeing thousands of migrants flee into the United States, have you ever wondered if these illegal refugees will have issues later on applying for Asylum?

From “coyotes” that help smuggle people across the border to experts that falsify immigration documents, people resorted to extraordinary ways to get into the United States.

It might surprise you then, that an illegal entrance into the United States is not automatically grounds for inadmissibility in subsequent asylum applications.

According to the USCIS, this exception is important because many migrants enter illegally out of fear of persecution. In extreme cases where aliens enter the United States out of fear, USCIS deems the illegal entrance as understandable.

Many migrants simply cannot wait through the legal processes for US immigration.

Forced to pick between illegal immigration and imminent persecution, many individuals will illegally immigrate through the borders. Often times, these individuals will be smuggled across, without any immigration documents.

Even though this category of illegal aliens are eligible for asylum status, it is best to seek legal counsel before proceeding with your application. These individuals are still subject to deportation by ICE, so caution and guidance is highly advised.

Sometimes, individuals will illegally enter the United States with falsified documents. In cases where false documents were used in the process of immigration, the context in which they were used will be judged for the applicant’s future eligibility.

In other words, if the falsified documents were substantially connected with the individual’s case of persecution, the falsified documents may not be used against the asylee. At the end of the day, even if individuals fall in this category, the burden of proof lies entirely on the asylee.

Individuals in similar circumstances would be advised to consult an immigration lawyer that can plan the next steps. The words and impressions applicants give to consular officers will inevitably be scrutinized. If the falsified documents undermine the applicant’s credibility, it will affect their asylum request.

Will I have any problems when I want to adjust my asylum status to a green card?

Thankfully, USCIS has solved that issue by establishing that an illegal entry into the US will not pose a future problem. According to the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), there is no requirement that asylees must enter legally, in order to adjust their future status.

This is an immigration legal blog. It is not intended to be used as legal advice. For further information please contact the law offices of attorney Ramona Kennedy.

Ramona Kennedy (Attorney) received her Jurisprudence Doctorate in America and is a licensed attorney in California (USA). Ramona Kennedy is a member of American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Ramona Kennedy is fluent in English and Farsi (reading & writing) & speaks Azeri Turkish.

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Ramona Kennedy (Attorney) received her Jurisprudence Doctorate(Doctorate in law) in America. Ramona Kennedy is a licensed Attorney in California (USA) and a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Ms. Kennedy's areas of practice are US Immigration law, US federal Laws and California State Laws. This is an immigration law blog. It is not intended to be used as legal advise. For further information please contact the law offices of Attorney Ramona Kennedy.

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