Q : If I Am a Minor Can I Still Apply for Asylum?
Yes. Because of the unique vulnerability and circumstances of minors, USCIS issued guidance relating to minor asylum seekers in 1998. These “Guidelines For Children’s Asylum Claims” (the Guidelines) provide Asylum Officers with child-sensitive interview procedures and guidance regarding the most common issues that may arise in these cases. The Guidelines are designed to enhance the ability of Asylum Officers to address more responsively the substantive and procedural aspects of the minor’s claim. For more information on minors applying for asylum, see “Procedures for Minor Principal Applicant Claims for Asylum” below.