Turkey asylum cases are on the rise due to the dictatorial actions of the Turkish President, Recep Erdogan. After the 2016 coup, the government targets anyone tied to the army or perceived to be allies of Fethullah Gülen.
These situations led hundreds of Turks to flee the country and look for asylum. Even high school teachers that spoken against Erdogan were targeted. Hence, many of these people relocated to the US and asked for asylum.
If you’re a Turkish citizen that is afraid of returning to your country, you’re in the right place. Here, we will explain to you how asylum seekers from Turkey can receive asylum in the US.
Asylum in the US
First, we need to explain what asylum in the US is. It is a special status for people who have suffered persecution or fear they’ll suffer it based on their:
- Political opinion (express or imputed)
- Membership of a particular social group
Most potential Turkish applicants targeted after the 2016 coup attempt fall under the last two categories. Note: each one of these categories has a huge body of law behind it! They don’t quite mean what you might think.
Some other categories may apply. For example, Kurds that suffered persecution in Turkey can also apply based on the first category. You can read more about asylum in the US here.
Every Turkish asylum seeker would receive the standard protections for asylum in the US. That means they can work in the US and can bring their immediate relatives to the US. Upon receiving asylum, they can travel abroad and apply for permanent residency after one year, and eventually citizenship.
Turkey asylum in the US
Asylum due to conditions in Turkey is a real option. The autocratic crackdown in Turkey can help you build a case if you were persecuted or fear persecution.
As you just read, you’re not required to prove you suffered persecution. We have won many cases where our clients had not suffered persecution. However, they proved a “well founded” fear of persecution if they returned to their country.
Yet, you must consider that it is not enough to prove that Turkey is unsafe in general terms. You must show why it’s dangerous for you to return and why you’d be persecuted. Further, it has to be on account of one of the five grounds listed above.
Hence, you will need to apply for asylum with the USCIS (US Citizenship and Immigration Services). A USCIS official will interview you, and you will need to prove you were persecuted or reasonably fear persecution. Thus, you must gather any evidence that may help. For example, medical reports, testimonies, affiliation to political movements, letters, etc.
It’s hard to say how much the process takes. Some people have waited for years, and the USCIS has not interviewed them yet. However, more recent cases are processed faster. You must apply for asylum within one year from arriving in the US. After applying, a USCIS official will interview you (as little as two months later, or perhaps years later…), and then you will receive the decision. One year after receiving the asylum, you can apply for a green card.
Let us help you
Turkey asylum seekers that build a strong case can receive asylum protection in the US. One way to increase your chances of success is by hiring an expert aid for your case. At the HMA Law Firm, we have many years helping asylum seekers win their cases. We have experience with Turkish clients and from many countries around the world. We consider it our privilege to help asylum seekers and help them build a strong case. We understand no one ever chooses to be able to go home. Yet, if circumstances force them, they need expert help to go through the clumsy asylum structure to eke out a win.
Contact us now and let us help you receive asylum in the US.