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Do you undergo security checks when you apply for asylum?

On Behalf of | Nov 30, 2021 | asylum, immigration law

If you faced danger or threats to your personal safety in your home country, you may be wanting to move to the United States and seek asylum in Kentucky. If granted asylum, you secure the right to remain in the United States without worrying about the possibility of having to return to your home nation.

According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, you must undergo certain security checks as part of the asylum application process. Some of the security checks you must undergo are as follows.

General background and security checks

Everyone who applies for asylum in the United States is subject to certain background and security checks. Once you complete and send in Form I-589, the Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal, USCIS forwards your biographical information to the FBI. UCSIS also runs your name and information through certain law enforcement databases to determine if you have a criminal history.


Anyone who applies for asylum and is also at least 12 years and nine months of age must have their fingerprints taken when applying for asylum. Once you submit your fingerprints, the FBI uses them to perform a more thorough background and security check to determine if you are eligible for asylum in the United States. If you are also seeking derivative asylum status for your immediate family members, you must also have them fingerprinted if they fall between the ages of 12 years, nine months, and 79.

If your application for asylum is successful, you become eligible for certain benefits. These benefits might include cash and medical assistance and an unrestricted Social Security card, among others.