Xia Chen, a citizen of China, claimed to have suffered persecution in China as a Christian, and to fear future persecution for having once harbored a friend who practices Falun Gong. Chen fled to United States without a valid entry document in 2005. She was interviewed and served with a Notice to Appear charging inadmissibility.
In order to be eligible for asylum, you must have suffered past persecution and/or have a well-founded fear of persecution. A well-founded fear of persecution means that you will suffer from persecution in your country should you be forced to return.
On May 11, 2005, the REAL ID Act made it more difficult for asylum seekers to obtain asylum in a couple ways. Here, we will discuss the heightened requirements of corroborating evidence for asylum cases.
It is possible for you to have an asylum claim from situations that happened after you left your country. You may become a refugee sur place because of situations from your country during your absence, or you take actions while outside of your country that subject you to persecution.
The asylum declaration is an essential tool used for an applicant to tell her story. The declaration should tell immigration officials why the applicant cannot return to her home country, based in part on the past persecution she suffered. It is typically written down as a sequence of events listed in chronological order where we see the progression of persecution.