As an immigrant seeking asylum, you likely have many questions in mind. If you are an immigrant with a family to worry about, most of your questions will likely revolve around them. Today we will look at one of the most commonly-asked questions for refugees with families: does asylum also cover your children and spouse?

First of all, you must mention any child or spouse you have in your own Form I-589. This is regardless of their marital status, age and current location. It is also regardless of whether they are filing their own application for asylum or you include them in yours.

Speaking of, you may include certain members of your family. You may add your spouse. You may also add any children as long as they are under 21 years of age and are not currently married. Anyone added onto your application must already be within the United States. You will likely need to provide documents that prove your relationship. This can include marriage and birth certificates.

If granted asylum, you can also petition to bring children or your spouse over. You can also petition to allow people already in the United States to stay incident to your status. Some opt for this instead, as adding people to your application forces them to depend on your result.

Are you curious about the process of seeking asylum in the United States? Would you like to learn more about it? If so, you can visit the link here. It will take you to our web page on immigration asylum. You can continue reading about frequently asked questions, asylum basics, and more.