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Age limits and applying for asylum in the U.S.

On Behalf of | May 27, 2021 | Asylum, Blog

Residents of Hollywood and other parts of Florida may want to know more about whether there are age limits when applying for asylum. With recent developments of unaccompanied minors seeking asylum, you might want to know more about the law and the policies of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service.

According to the USCIS, minor children may apply for asylum by themselves. There are no age limits, which means a child does not need a parent with them in order to apply.

Unaccompanied minor asylum seekers

If they are applying to USCIS, they may apply if they are under 18 years of age, want to have a separate case and are not in immigration proceedings. If you are in immigration proceedings, you may still apply if you are under 18 years of age, have no lawful immigration status and have no parent or legal guardian to care for you.

How you are interviewed

Your age will be considered as well as your language abilities. Also taken into consideration are your background and your level of knowledge and experience. Interviewers may ask you whether you have a guardian or parent and whether your parent or guardian is allowing you to apply for asylum.

With your permission, they may interview your parent or another adult about information which you may not be able to provide to them. A witness or trusted adult does not need to be present when you are interviewed.

Is there a fee for asylum in the U.S.?

No, there is not a fee. However, you may be required to go through a background or security check. You can find out more about the interview for minors and unaccompanied children.

If you or a loved on are applying for asylum or have immigration concerns, it may be wise to consult a trusted attorney with experience in this type of law. With needed documentation in place, they may help at this stressful time and pave the way for a brighter future in the United States.