Minor Children Applying for Asylum By Themselves
Minor and Unaccompanied Minor Asylum Applicants
You may apply for asylum as a minor if you:
You may apply for asylum as an unaccompanied minor if you:
Asylum officers will decide your case if you are in immigration court proceedings or filed your application with an asylum office. You must attend your immigration court hearings and should follow the Immigration Judge’s instructions.
Interviewing Procedures for Minor Applicants
Asylum officers conduct child appropriate interviews taking into account age, stage of language development, background, and level of sophistication. These interview techniques are outlined in the “Guidelines for Children’s Asylum Claims” link to right.
For cases involving a minor applicant, asylum officers may ask questions about:
If more information is needed about your guardian or parents, the asylum officer may delay your case.
If needed and with your permission, asylum officers may interview your parent or trusted adult about information you may not be able to provide. It is not required that a witness or trusted adult be present at your interview.
Last Reviewed/Updated: 11/27/2013