Safe Haven Blog

Broken Promises

When the United States military entered Iraq, we did so with virtually zero ability to interpret the local language and customs.  Throughout the years, thousands of Iraqis stepped forward to act as interpreters, advisers and personnel security specialists for the U.S. military.  There is no doubt their work saved many American lives. These Iraqis have […]

How Can I Apply for Asylum to the U.S.?

CharlesFred / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA Every day I am contacted by refugees forced to leave their homes due to violence and persecution.  Their stories are heartbreaking.  They all ask, “How Can I Apply for Asylum to the U.S.?”  Unfortunately, for most of them the sad answer is the same:  ”You can’t.” The U.S. has […]

Syria TPS Re-Designation Registration Still Open

          Syria was originally designated for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) on March 29, 2012.  This meant Syrian refugees arriving in the U.S. after that date were not eligible for TPS status, despite the escalating humanitarian crisis.  On June 17, the Department of Homeland Security announced that Syria has been re-designated for […]

Egypt Rejects Syrian Refugees

Egypt is now rejecting Syrian refugees.  According to the Human Rights Watch: Without prior warning, on July 8, the Egyptian government changed its entry policy for Syrians arriving in Egypt by requiring them to obtain a visa and security clearance before arriving in the country. According to media reports, on the same day Egypt denied […]

TPS and Asylum: 5 Critical Differences

For new arrivals, one of the most confusing aspects of U.S. immigration law is the difference between temporary protected status (TPS) and asylum. Both of these benefits have strict filing deadlines, and missing them can cause your case to be rejected. The following five critical differences between TPS and asylum will help you determine which […]