How to Write Your Asylum Affidavit
What is an affidavit? An affidavit is a written letter that you write that explains the main points of your asylum claim. Your asylum officer will read this letter when they interview you. The affidavit should be written in a clear way so that the officer understands your claim, and it should be specific about what happened to you. You should use real dates and names, as well as real stories about what happened to you, not just general statements about why you are afraid to return to your home country. This guide will tell you how to write an affidavit for your asylum claim.
The introduction should be short and to the point. Include your name, current age, place of birth, and any other relevant details such as your home address or nationality. You may want to also include whether you are married with children or not so that if there is a court date assigned right away and it gets rescheduled for some reason then the judge can be sure that all parties involved will still be available on that day.
You should also write down what you are applying for in immigration terms (for example asylum). This can help clarify things later in case there is confusion about what exactly your application was made for when filing later evidence from other sources such as medical records or other documents which may have been submitted by others who know about your case because they have helped out along the way like a friend who knows about immigration law who helped fill out forms.
Your Home Country
In this portion of your affidavit, it is important to go into detail about how long you lived in your home country, what it was like growing up there and why you left. When talking about how it was to grow up there reflect not only on your childhood but your adolescence and adulthood if you were in your home country during those points of your life.
Country Conditions of Your Home Country
The country conditions part of your asylum affidavit is the time to enlighten your reader about what happens in your home country that the rest of the world may not be aware of. For example, talk about your country’s political, economic, religious, and/or social situation. Another big area is the human rights situation in your home country. Talk about how each of these areas affected you or continues to affect you in your everyday life.
Reasons Why You Left Your Home Country
This portion of the affidavit is explaining how you got to the United States. Talk about the process of leaving your home country and why you came to America. For example, we have had clients who left their home country and came to the United States to get married, attend school, work, etc.
Why You Are Afraid to Return to Your Home Country
During this portion of the affidavit, it is important to write down the specific harm or threat of persecution that you have experienced. This can be extremely challenging to relive these situations however it is extremely important to share with USCIS the kind of harm you have or may experience when returning to your home country. If applicable, describe how this persecution has affected your life in the past and currently. If applicable, also explain what may happen to you, your loved ones, and/or your family if you were to return to your home country.
How Did the Harm Affect You and Why Are You Afraid of Being Harmed by Them Again?
When writing about how the harm affected you and why it’s affecting you now, think about the following; how did the harm affect you, why are you afraid of being harmed, how often did the harm occur, and what is the worst that could happen if they were to find out you are alive or back in your home country, and how did this affect your family (if applicable). Once again it is important to include as much information and details as possible.
Wrap up all the items you have previously discussed in your affidavit and make sure to thank the immigrant officer for reading your affidavit.
Overall writing an affidavit can be stressful for individuals as you may have to relive the most dramatic events of your life. However, it is extremely important that you do as it makes your asylum claim strong and proves to USCIS why you qualify for asylum. The Law Office of Travis Helm helps all their clients with their affidavits. From discussing what needs to be talked about in the affidavit, to asking the hard questions and making sure you understand what the question is asking. We are here to assist you throughout the affidavit writing process and understand what a challenging time this is for you. For more information on how we can help you with your immigration matters please give us a call at 307-460-2032 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org