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What is a credible fear screening?

According to, the credible fear screening process was developed to allow illegal immigrants with legitimate fears about their home countries to apply for asylum when subject to expedited removal. This process allows a person to provide evidence of possible threats, but also looks at their background to determine whether they're considered an acceptable candidate for asylum. 

The complicated reasons many apply for asylum

At the Vickerstaff Law Office, we know that it can be easy for U.S.-born citizens to take our rights and freedoms for granted, without realizing the horrors that countless people in other countries endure. You and others seeking a safe place to live in Kentucky and other states may apply for refugee status or asylum within the United States.

The effect of Trump's newest policies on asylum

Immigration is a complex process that can be altered significantly by the way people go about seeking asylum. For many immigrant families, the overwhelming task of looking for protection from their own country's dangers is complicated by inconsistencies in immigration policies and growing disagreement about how asylum in Kentucky and other parts of the United States should be sought. 

What criteria need to be met if you are seeking asylum?

Every day, people come to the Kentucky and the United States to avoid persecution or fear of persecution. The protection they request is known as asylum. If you are persecuted in your home country or fear you will be persecuted for your political opinion, nationality, religion race or because you are a member of a social group, you may be eligible for asylum in the United States.

Is your asylum process affirmative or defensive?

If you are working toward asylum in the United States, you will need to follow a process, based on your eligibility, before you are allowed to remain in the country legally. As you begin working with authorities in Kentucky to facilitate this process, you may have heard about both affirmative asylum and defensive asylum.

Benefits and responsibilities of asylees in the United States

When the United States grants a person asylee status, that person has rights and responsibilities that may differ from the standard immigrant in Kentucky. It is important that that person understands those rights and responsibilities if he or she hopes to retain his or her asylee status, and if he or she hopes to make the most of his or her life in America.

Frequently asked questions about asylum

For those seeking asylum in the U.S., the process often seems long and arduous. Having the right knowledge is key in this case, as being prepared will increase your chance of being accepted into this country. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services offers the following information in this case, which can help set you on the right path towards your new life.

Can you seek asylum in the U.S.?

If you are looking into seeking refuge in Kentucky but don't know where to begin, it can be a very daunting process. How do you know if you're eligible to seek asylum? What reasons can a person seek asylum for, and does yours fall among them?

What is temporary protected status?

Temporary protected status is afforded by the Secretary of Homeland Security to immigrants coming from countries deemed unsafe, either due to unrest or because of a natural disaster. When this status is granted the person is not able to be removed from the country, can be authorized to work, and may even be permitted to travel in some situations. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offers the following information on TPS and how to determine eligibility.

How long does the asylum process take?

If you are filing for asylum in the United States, one of your top concerns may be how long the process will take. If you are living in Kentucky, you may be using a field office, which is one of the factors that can affect how much time it takes to get to your application. Find about that that and the other factors that can influence the timeframe.