I am a 36 years old, female medical Doctor, from Iraq ( Shea Party ) my husband Iraqy too but from ( Sunny party ) We got married to illuminate the differences between the too parties. Unfortunately this act put us in danger from them.. Merically we scaped from an ubsolute death many times, luckily we succeeded to scape to Dubai (UAE) still we are facing suspicious acts that threatin's us for deportation back to Iraq that we scape from many years ago, if that happened that will be the death centence to my family .. Should I apply for asylee while I here in the US... Or I need to go back the UAE and apply from there and I am not quite sure that will be enough time ...??
You can apply for asylum from within the U.S. I would encourage you to find an immigration attorney with experience or at least a particular interest in what the basis of your claim appears to be, i.e. discrimination against Shia minorities in Iraq including intermarriage between Shia and Sunni, possibly someone with a background in/interest in Middle Eastern politics and possibly someone Arabic-speaking. I would be happy to answer any further questions you may have - inbox me if you like. Good luck!
One can only apply for political asylum when physically present in the U.S. That's what you should do. But don't do that at the airport upon landing, since you will then be taken into custody and only released after establishing to have "credible" fear (could take weeks or even months in immigration (ICE) detention. Much smarter to apply for asylum affirmatively after having been admitted to the U.S.
Abroad one can only apply for "refugee" status at a US consulate or embassy abroad - a bad idea, since in all likelihood will be denied.
An asylum claim is a difficult one to sustain. I understand the issues quite well and understand your fear. If you do decide to pursue a claim, you should definitely hire an immigration attorney to assist you. There will need to be some demonstration of the danger to you or your husband, due to the Sunni/Shia issue in Iraq. All the best of luck to you and your family.
None of us are likely to tell you what you should or should not do other than to contact an immigration attorney. That said, your matter is serious and you should not look for too much direction from what is essentially a legal blog. Please, take the time to speak with someone about your particular situation.
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