Political Asylum Series: Syria

Political Asylum – Part III

Spotlight: Syria

In the third part of our asylum series, we will discuss previous asylum claims made by Syrian nationals.  This discussion should help you determine if asylum is a possibility for you

This asylum post will cover asylum applications where the applicant is of Syrian origin.

Political Asylum Requirements

Foreign nationals in the US who are unable or unwilling to return to their home country because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, or membership in a particular social or political group may obtain asylum.

Examples of Successful US Asylum Cases Made by Syrian Nationals

We can help you win your asylum claim and obtain permanent residency (green card) in the US

Many Syrian nationals have credible fear of persecution in Syria that can lead to an asylum approval.  However, most asylum cases are denied due to applicants failure to articulate their fear and document events that have led to that fear.  We have successfully helped many Syrian clients and we are familiar with many circumstances that can lead to a successful asylum claim.  In our experience, most asylum applications are adjudicated in 1-2 months.  It is best, but not mandatory, to file your asylum application within the first 12 months of your entry to the US and while you have a valid immigration status such as a visitor or work visa.   We understand the fear and the pain you’re going through and we’ll make sure that your asylum process is as painless as possible.

Posted on October 31, 2011 at 1:36 pm by Immigration Lawyer Peter Messersmith · Permalink
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  1. Written by M.
    on November 4, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    so how i contact you if i m syrian in the states and want help in this

  2. Written by Mohammed Bashan
    on February 11, 2012 at 9:26 am

    I have family we are from Syria Homs city, we are here in united Arab Emaraties, the company where i been work with they canceled my visa and i cannot get back to syria even i cannot stay here as per UAE visa low.

  3. Written by sleman
    on February 12, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    i am syrian and i am in the U.S. now
    if i apply for asylum do you think they will accept me
    i have F-1 visa now
    and i want know how much time does it take

  4. Written by Jennifer
    on February 19, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    I have a very good friend of 8 years, who lives in Syria, and I would like to know how I can sponser her, her husband and 3 kids to come to the USA. Not a permanent visa, just a way for them to get away from the political problems that are currently going on in Syria.

  5. Written by Abo Abdo Al halabi
    on February 20, 2012 at 9:06 am

    I am in the GGC we are facing some difficulty in life after protesting Infront of the embassy even some of the Syrian people who still support the Syrian government are thritening us, some of the protestors are now in jail, things might go worse ! Where as the government here is not supporting us even not being fair with us . We got some oral alerts and indirect messeges thritening us even some of us had their cars damaged by unknown. What would you advice ?

  6. Written by Jihad
    on February 22, 2012 at 6:06 am

    Can a mother get a visa to accompany her son who is studing in the States on his own account with I 20 visa.

  7. Written by Hazel Ickes
    on April 2, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    USCIS has announced that eligible Syrian nationals (and persons without nationality who last habitually resided in Syria) in the U.S. may apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). The TPS designation for Syria is effective March 29, 2012, and will remain in effect through September 30, 2013. The 180-day TPS registration period begins March 29, 2012 and ends on September 25, 2012.

  8. Written by ADABOUL
    on June 14, 2012 at 6:39 am

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    Please contact me on my email, or let me know you phone number to discuss with you the possibility of my case to apply to Asylum


  9. Written by ahmad
    on July 15, 2012 at 3:59 am

    i am from syria ( idleb -jabal alzawea) and now i am still inside syria and i can cross the border to turkey i want u to help me to travel to europe as a political refugee. my work in syria is teaching at primary school and i have studied as a translator at the university

  10. Written by Danny V.
    on November 9, 2012 at 10:34 am

    I am in need of any and all help that anyone reading this message can provide me.

    I am an American of mixed Armenian and Syrian heritage who has spent his entire adult life helping to protect the lives and property of others as a Volunteer Firefighter.

    Now, I am in desperate need of help to save my extended family members in Syria who are of the Christian faith and whom (like many Christians) are in near constant danger from religious fighters who have been taking advantage of the civil war in Syria to threaten, displace and kill Christians whenever and wherever the opportunity presents itself.

    I have family members here in the United States who emigrated from Syria during the early and late 1970’s and who became proud American Citizens. They are desperately trying to help our family members in Syria to come here and live a healthy, safe, and prosperous life but we have little to no idea how we can accomplish this before it is too late for them.

    Can anyone reading this message please give me guidance to get things moving to get them asylum in the United States?

    Danny V.

  11. Written by Hossep
    on November 13, 2012 at 8:13 am

    i am Syrian man by birth and i have the Lebanese nationality sins 1995, married to a Syrian , i use to work for UNDP Lebanon on contractual basis, i entered Syria on my Lebanese ID before the conflict started while i was working with the UN and i mentioned in the form that we fill on the Syrian borders that i work for the UN, after i came back to Lebanon some officers went to my relatives asking about me and what i’ve been doing in Syria and they even called me after they got my mobile number i didn’t know how and they asked me what where you doing in syria i told them that i was visiting my relatives and they wanted me to comeback for interrogation. from that day i didn’t go to Syria and even i did not register my children in Syria because i am afraid of going there specially now because of the conflicts. i have B1B2 5 years multiple entry to USA on my Lebanese passport , do you think i can go to USA and apply for asylum for me and my family?
    Thank you

  12. Written by jasmin
    on January 1, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    i have a question please and i will be thankful if u can help me..im a syrian and im now in the us with a visiting visa ( 2 years multiple entries) just knew 2 days ago that they kidnapped my uncle in syria and my father is missing in damascus..im freaking scared..i dont want to stay in the us as illegal ..can i apply for an asylum or wht is the right step to do?? please i need ur help and thank u a lot

  13. Written by Ines
    on January 2, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Journalist writing a story on Syrians in the US seeking TPS and political asylum.. Would be very interested to talk to people about their experiences… Please contact me at id2230@columbia.edu

  14. Written by abdul rhman
    on January 24, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    i would like to apply for asylum in usa i am in san diego

  15. Written by Mrs. Katheryne Levin
    on January 31, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    I have a new friend who lives in Daraa, Syria with whom i have been conversing through online chat for a couple weeks now. He has never asked me for any assistance, but still i question whether he might be a scammer; i’ve imagined the possibility that he could have assumed the profile of a man who had been killed in the uprising (how hard would that be?). This man speaks English quite well, claims to be an English teacher in his city, and claims to have been involved in the demonstrations against his government. He often mentions his daily fears of being executed or bombed in his house with his family, since his name is on some “government traitor” list, and that he would have to be smuggled across the border into Jordan since he would be recognized at any checkpoint. He also says that, due to the gov frequently cutting off electricity in the town (and cutting off other necessities), that he cannot stay online for a good length of time to accomplish much. Being the caring person i am, i gladly suggested to him that i help him apply for asylum in the US (or anywhere really).
    How can i know that this man is the real “Nasser” of the three profiles i have found him on, or am i opening a potentially dangerous situation to myself and an abuse of our country’s goodwill and welfare? I might just sound stupid, but i am genuinely stumped and very much want to see “my friend” alive. Unless “Nasser” is a very adept scam-artist, he truly does not engage in the same telltale speech patterns and subject matter which is so common among the Egyptians, Nigerians, Moroccans, and Algerians whom i have encountered on chat sites.

  16. Written by Soufian
    on April 4, 2013 at 5:01 am

    Business management graduate 4 Years study accredited from Aleppo Syria & Emirates Universities.12 years senior executive’ experience 7 of them were in Dubai The last 4 years I was the Sales Manager of a global 5 stars hotel in Aleppo the Turkish DEDEMAN till the last events in my homeland the business is closed.
    My wife 2 year’s commercial Institute graduate with 1 year executive in Dubai.6 years’ experience at service centers in the global communication MTN.Got a 5 years old my angel Sham.

    Honestly I can manage (14000-16000US$), my wife owns a few gold pounds to help bring about the first days and the ticketing.
    Lost my job my house was damaged because of a Surface-surface missile dropping next to us! I’m with a relative at the countryside of Aleppo next to the Turkish city “Alehaina”.

    Don’t have a fixed income asking for humanitarian/political asylum (up to you) for my small family outside the Syrian it’s a blood bath. Being skilled workers in/out side Syria makes us positively adoptable and useful for any society.(EU, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand…) Wherever!!
    All our qualifications, passports.., accredited and valid we are sure can stand and get our dignity and freedom back and rise my family with your help.

  17. Written by abadi
    on August 6, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    I am syrian guy, i am in spain now, my passport is expired, they did not accept me here in Spain, can i apply for the Asylum visa?

  18. Written by N. Shimon
    on May 26, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    I am a Syrian national of a persecuted Christian minority. I was born and raised in Lebanon and fled the civil war. I came to the US in 1991 from Germany on a K-1 visa but did not get married because the fiance’ changed her mind. I had political asylum application in Germany, once I landed on US soil, I could not return back to Germany. I did not apply for asylum in the US within the 12 months period and I did not know anything at that time but I was issued a work permit for the first two years then I became unlawful alien. in 1995 my mother arrived to the US as an immigrant and filed petition for me to become a US resident but I was denied because I came on a K-1 visa. In 2006 I applied for political asylum but I was denied because I applied too late, then I applied for TPS and the immigration judge granted me the withholding of removal under the Geneva convention for torture and persecution after I demonstrated to the judge that my life would be in danger if I get sent back because of political opinion and of other issues that dates back while I was living in Lebanon during the civil war. Few years ago, my cousin has been kidnapped by the Government of Syria and is still missing, my other cousin worked for a travel company as a bus driver, while he was driving,his bus was damaged by a road side …..?!?by an armed group and he was arrested and robbed, he was threatened to be killed but later was released and was asked to leave the country forever, now he is living in Lebanon. My question to you is, can I still apply for asylum or can my mother who is a US citizen petition for me? Will my cousin’s case help me in my case? I am still on a TPS and get my work permit annually, please any advice?

  19. Written by md haider
    on June 6, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    I am bangladeshi guy, i am in uae now, my passport is expired, they did not accept me here in uae, can i apply for the Asylum visa?It will be very helpful for my career .

  20. Written by Thomas Allen
    on August 5, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    I am trying to help an Syrian family immigrate to the USA. I met the father while I was visiting Syria in 2009. They are Orthodox Christians and are very desperate to get out of Syria. I have contacted the US Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, but I think that is a dead end. Can anybody please show me what I can do to get this family (father, mother and 2 adult sons) out of Syria

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