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Requesting asylum is a very complicated process and the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) strongly encourages all asylum seekers to find a competent immigration attorney with experience representing asylum seekers.  It is important that you only hire a licensed attorney or Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) accredited representative to represent you and that your attorney has immigration, and especially asylum, experience. 

  • Avoid immigration fraud and do not hire a “notario” to represent you.
  • If you do not believe that your attorney is properly representing you, you always have the right to find a new attorney or obtain a second opinion.

Asylum seekers who are in immigration court (deportation) proceedings can obtain information about the immigration process through NIJC’s help desk, located at the Chicago Immigration Court at 525 W. Van Buren Street, Suite 500, Mondays-Fridays.

But if you cannot find an attorney to represent you,
you can request asylum on your own (also known as “pro se”).

If you are in removal (deportation) proceedings and decide to file for asylum on your own, the following materials may assist you: