Applying for Asylum

Applying for asylum can be drawn-out, stressful, and difficult for applicants and, to a lesser extent, those that support them. It is especially challenging for people who are initially detained by immigration officials. 

Our summary of the asylum process can be found on the below pages. However, please note that we are not legal experts or immigration lawyers. We urge you, if at all possible, to consult a trusted immigration attorney for legal assistance with the asylum process. The official U.S. Immigration Customs and Immigration Enforcement website provides up-to-date information on the asylum application process. Immigration Equality has published a comprehensive guide for LGBT applicants and advocates. This is a useful step-by-step resource.