The Law Office of Ashley Foret Dees was damaged by Hurricane Laura in August of 2020, but our office and staff are back up and running now in downtown Lake Charles. As a precaution against Covid-19, we do require masks before entering the building, and we handle our consultations over the phone at this time. Give us a call with any questions.

The Affirmative Asylum Process

Applying for asylum in the United States is a drawn-out, arduous process. If one is granted asylum, this means he or she has protection in a nation different than their native one, and is often granted to refugees. People seeking asylum do so because they have suffered persecution in their home country for a number of intrinsic qualities, such as their religion, race, nationality, political opinion, or membership to a particular social group.

The affirmative asylum process involves those who are physically present in the United States, no matter how they arrived or their current immigration status. This means those seeking affirmative asylum are yet to begin the deportation process, and are asked to present a case to the United States Citizen and Immigration Services, also known as USCIS, or an immigration office.

The process of applying for affirmative asylum includes the following steps:

  • Arrival in the United States
  • Filing Form I-589 within 1 year of their last arrival to the states
  • Make an appointment for fingerprinting, background, and security checks
  • Receive interview notice with the USCIS
  • Participate in the interview, in which your Lake Charles immigration lawyer can represent you
  • Wait for the asylum officer’s determination of your eligibility, and you will receive notice generally 2 weeks following the intervew

Contact Our Lake Charles Immigration Lawyer Today

Our Lake Charles immigration attorney of Ashley Foret Dees, LLC is determined to be your ultimate legal source throughout your entire immigration process. We want to be there for you in your time of need, resolving your issue as efficiently and effectively as possible. There is nothing quite as important as enlisting in the help of a legal team you can trust--allow us to be that for you, and more.

Speak to a member of our legal team by contacting us at your earliest convenience. Call (337) 214-0670.