What Should Be in My Personal Statement for My Asylum Application?

What Should Be in My Personal Statement for My Asylum Application?

The personal statement, written by you, is a very important part of your asylum application. This is your chance to allow immigration officials to get to know you on a more personal level and show why you should be granted asylum from your home country. You also should remember that you are giving your personal statement under oath, so it is essential that you tell the truth. The first portion of your personal statement should contain basic biographical information about you and your family. First, state your full name, place of birth, and nationality. You also need to describe your entire immigration history, including every time that you crossed the U.S. border, and what happened as a result of your crossing. Next, describe your family members in detail, including their location, relationship with you, frequency that you visit them, and their legal statuses. Tell about all of your criminal history in detail, including all arrests, charges, and convictions. If you were convicted, describe the sentence that you received, as well as any rehabilitation that you have undergone since your criminal offense. You also should fully describe any military experience that you had in your country, including type of training, combat involvement, and length of time served. List your complete employment history and whether your employment was lawful or not. Describe your level of education, including institutions attended, course of study, and dates of attendance. Finally, describe your ties to the community in great detail, including your participation in or leadership of community organizations, churches, political organizations, or sports teams. Next, you should address your claim for asylum, in terms of why you are afraid of returning to your home country. You must explain how you were persecuted in the past, the reason that you were persecuted, and everything that happened to you as a result of this persecution. Also explain whether you contacted the police to help you, and what happened when you did so. If you ever tried to leave your country in the past, or entered the United States in the past, you should explain how it occurred and what happened as a result. Finally, explain why you didn’t apply for asylum in the past, and why you are now applying for asylum. At Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., we care about you and your family, and want to help you preserve your home in the United States. We focus our law practice solely on complex immigration cases, which allows us to expend all of our efforts in standing up for the rights of those who are facing potential deportation, including those who are seeking asylum. Our California deportation defense lawyers know how to gather persuasive evidence to support your case and we know all of the procedural ins and outs of the U.S. deportation system. Allow us to handle your deportation case by contacting us today to schedule your free evaluation.
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