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Understanding Family Reunification for Asylum Seekers: Your Path to Unity

At Jeelani Law Firm, we recognize that seeking asylum in the United States often involves the pursuit of safety and security not just for oneself, but also for loved ones. We’re here to provide clarity and guidance on the process of bringing your family together through derivative asylum status.

Can asylum seekers bring their family members to the United States? The answer is yes. Spouses and unmarried children under 21 years of age may be eligible to obtain derivative asylum status, allowing them to join you in the United States and benefit from the protection you have been granted.

There are two primary pathways for family reunification:

1. Inclusion in Asylum Decision: If your spouse and children are already in the United States at the time of your asylum application, you may request to have them included in your asylum decision. This means that if your asylum claim is approved, they will also receive derivative asylum status, allowing them to remain in the country with you.

2. Petition for Family Reunification: If you are granted asylum and your family members are not present in the United States, you have the opportunity to petition for their entry into the country. This process must be initiated within two years of you being granted asylum, emphasizing the importance of timely action.

Navigating the process of bringing your family to the United States can be complex, but you don’t have to navigate it alone. Jeelani Law Firm is here to provide comprehensive legal assistance and support every step of the way. Our experienced immigration attorneys can help you understand the requirements, prepare the necessary documentation, and advocate for the reunification of your family.

If you have questions about bringing your family members to the United States through derivative asylum status or need assistance with any other aspect of your asylum case, we encourage you to reach out to Jeelani Law Firm. We’re committed to helping you build a brighter and safer future for you and your loved ones in the United States.

Jeelani Law Firm, PLC

JEELANI LAW FIRM, PLC is regarded as one of the top immigration law firms in the industry. We handle all immigration matters including family based adjustment of status/green card cases, citizenship filings, representation of businesses and employees when filing L1A/B Petitions, H1B petitions, and Permanent Labor petitions. Our firm also litigates immigration cases dealing with delayed adjudications as well as appellate matters before the U.S. Federal Courts, U.S. Immigration Courts, USCIS and the BIA. Given the complex nature of immigration law, inexperience can lead to many mistakes which may result in delays, denials, and loss of filing fees and valuable time. Contact our office and we will take care of the rest.