PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT: ASYLUM FOR TURKISH CITIZENS AFTER ATTEMPTED COUP, July 16, 2016
- July 17, 2016
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My fellow Turkish citizens:
I want to express my sadness and deep concern about the recent incident that occurred in Turkey on July 15, 2016.
Since the military coup attempt has started, our immigration law office has been receiving a high number of inquiries from many concerned Turkish citizens who worry about their safety in Turkey.
The common question of all the inquiries has been about how to flee Turkey and seek asylum in the United States.
While we cannot assist anyone wishing to flee their home countries, we do assist immigrants that are already in the United States and seeking protection.
Moreover, I wanted to make this statement to inform Turkish citizens that a successful asylum claim requires a personal reason to fear persecution. This persecution may be based on race, nationality, religion, political opinion or social group including, but not limited to, Kurdish citizens, Alewites, LGBT individuals, non-Muslim citizens, political activists against the government, victims of domestic violence and so on.
However, please note that just because there is political turmoil or even civil war in a country does not mean that all of its citizens are eligible to apply for asylum.
If one can demonstrate fear of persecution based on one of these personal reasons, eligibility to apply for asylum in the United States may be established.
More information about the asylum program can be found at United States Citizenship and Immigration Services’ website at www.uscis.gov.
You can also contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our thoughts are with everyone in Turkey during this difficult time.
Okan Sengun, Esq.