Asylum at the airport
Can apply for asylum at the airport?
Hey I’m Patrick from DR, congo I have some political issues in my country, I don’t wanna go back anymore.
To come from Democratic Republic of Congo, assuming you will be traveling by air, you will have to have a valid visa.
With a valid visa, during admission at the port of entry, you can tell the officer that you fear returning and that you wish to apply for asylum. After that you will have a credible fear interview with an asylum officer. If the officer finds your statements not credible, s/he may order you removed from the U.S. In this case, you can request a hearing if you truly believe that you have a genuine fear of persecution.
Ideally, if you have a visa, it is far better to apply for asylum once you are admitted into U.S. through an immigration attorney.
Last Update: Fevral 7, 2019