ASAP Member Benefits
Last updated February 8, 2022.
ASAP is a membership organization that represents the largest community of asylum seekers in U.S. history. ASAP believes that asylum seekers can make great change by standing together. “I am so glad and proud to be a member of ASAP,” one member shared. “One of the best sentences I have read from ASAP is ‘you are not alone.’ Really, I have this feeling now.”
If you are an adult asylum seeker, becoming an ASAP member provides you with opportunities to: (1) access critical resources about the asylum process, (2) join private online communities, where you can ask questions to expert immigration attorneys and connect with other ASAP members, and (3) work with other ASAP members to improve the asylum system.
If you are 14 to 17 years old, you will receive an ASAP membership card and begin to receive the benefits below when you turn 18.
To learn how to apply for ASAP membership, visit this page.
(1) ASAP members gain access to new resources about the asylum process that are viewed over 100,000 times each month.
ASAP regularly sends members resources about the asylum process by text message and email. Viewable from a cell phone, ASAP’s resources help members to learn critical information about the asylum process. These resources are viewed by members over 100,000 times each month. By signing up for ASAP membership, you will gain access to new resources as soon as they are published.
One member shared, “Browsing through your website for the last few days gave us so much information and what’s more important — hope.” Another member wrote, “Thanks to your instructions, I filled out my work permit application and it was approved!”
(2) ASAP members have the opportunity to join private online communities, where asylum seekers can connect with each other and ask questions of expert immigration attorneys.
In ASAP’s private online communities, members can ask questions that are answered by expert immigration attorneys. These attorneys have answered thousands of ASAP members’ questions about every aspect of the asylum process, including how to seek asylum with USCIS, how to seek asylum in immigration court, how to apply for a work permit, and more.
Members can also connect with each other and share stories about their experiences in the asylum process. “The group has been an unforgettable experience,” one member of ASAP’s private online communities shared. “When I have asked for help, they have not denied me. It feels like a family.”
“This is a group of support and a group that helps us overcome fear. It is a group that pushes us to keep fighting and to build a better future for our children,” another member shared.
If you are an ASAP member, stay tuned for more information about how you can join one of ASAP’s private online communities in March!
(3) ASAP members set ASAP’s priorities and collectively advocate to improve the asylum system.
ASAP members vote to collectively set ASAP’s priorities and guide ASAP’s work. For example, we asked ASAP members to share their ideas for how to improve the asylum system, and over 34,000 members responded! These ideas now guide ASAP’s decisions about what issues to focus on in our efforts to make the asylum system work better for asylum seekers.
ASAP members also receive opportunities to advocate collectively on specific issues. In 2020, thousands of ASAP members came together to challenge unfair rules from the Trump administration that made it harder for asylum seekers to get work permits. Since then, thousands of asylum seekers have been able to receive work permits as a result of their efforts.
Finally, ASAP members also receive opportunities to speak to the press and to U.S. government officials. For example, ASAP members have spoken to national media outlets about topics including family separation, access to work permits, and changes in asylum laws.