What can I do if I am a 25 year old Turkish citizen and would like to apply for a political asylum?

Turkey has a compulsory military system and I my belief does not allow me to even think about hurting others. I do not believe in compulsory military service and I would be jailed if I voiced my opinion in Turkey. I received an e-mail from the Turkish Embassy that I need to go through a check up for the process. I do not want to go to jail. I want to live my life as a free man. I fear the government.

Asked on June 20, 2014 under Immigration Law, New York

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

Seeking asylum requires strict requirements:

  • You are unable or unwilling to return to your home country because you have been persecuted there in the past or have a well-founded fear that you will be persecuted if you go back.
  • The reason you have been (or will be) persecuted is connected to one of five things: your race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or your political opinion.

I would speak with an immigration attorney asap. 


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