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Before seeking asylum, make sure you understand the process

Many immigrants currently residing in Colorado made their journeys to the United States through the asylum process. If you're hoping that the U.S. will grant you protection so that you can leave a life of poverty or danger behind, you should know several things before you file an application. It is important to learn as much as you can ahead of time because doing the wrong thing can delay your application or prompt the U.S. government to deny your petition.  

If you have a loved one or close friend who has already successfully navigated the asylum process, you can contact him or her and ask for advice regarding what types of things your friend or family member thinks you should avoid or issues that may be imperative to accomplishing your goals. You can also reach out for legal support as needed.  

Immigration processes always involve paperwork 

Not one immigration process doesn't include filling out documents. Whether you are applying for a work or family-based visa or are seeking asylum, you will have to fill out paperwork at some point. Even if you request government protection at a U.S. border, you will still eventually have to file a formal application. Make sure you fill out the proper form.  

Where you will live 

If the U.S. government grants you asylum, you will be among other refugees who resettle in one of many communities spread throughout the nation. If you wish to permanently reside in Colorado, you may want to seek employment in this state or research the housing market or any other topic that might apply to your situation.  

Your application will be one of thousands 

In 2017 alone, there were more than 11,000 asylum applications filed in the United States. You may have to wait quite some time before immigration officials fully process your case. Thousands of people seek asylum every month. You should also know that if you request asylum at a U.S. border, officers may detain you while the proper authorities investigate your case.  

Steer clear of trouble 

To avoid serious legal problems, it is always a good idea to learn as much as you can about U.S. immigration laws and learn how they may apply to your particular circumstances. If you enter the United States without your paperwork in order, you are at risk for immediate removal. The more you know about how to properly seek asylum and what the eligibility requirements are, the less likely you will face deportation.

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