I am trying to file for asylum after being undocumented for 5 years. I was told filing in california would be a faster/easier process than filing from New York City.
You must file where you reside
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Per USCIS: "If you reside in CT, DE, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VT or a county in Pennsylvania which is not listed above, file your application with the Vermont Service Center, marked Attention: Asylum."
But if you have been in the U.S. for five years you probably are not eligible to apply for affirmative asylum, as you only get one year from the time of entry to apply (except for certain narrow exceptions).
I strongly recommend you consult an immigration attorney before filing any immigration applications. You could find yourself in removal proceedings otherwise!
You have to file where you reside. Moroever, you have to file within 1 year or qualify for an exception. Finally, I believe the statistic is that 86% of asylum applications prepared without an attorney are denied. In your case you will have the additional issue of filing after the 1 year deadline. Thus, you should be directing these questions toward your attorney or hire one to help you.
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Be careful, please don’t hire so called "attorneys" that tell you that you can file Asylum and you will receive your social security and employment authorization. As previously stated by other attorneys in response to this question Asylum cases must be filed within a year (some exceptions exist). Also if you do decide to file you have to file according to your place of residence. I strongly suggest retaining an attorney in your State that can assist you. Good luck!
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