An individual who is afraid to return to his or her home country for fear of persecution (fear of being hurt, wrongfully accused, jailed, targeted) may file an application for asylum on Form I-589 with USCIS DHS Immigration. This application can be filed by someone who was previously persecuted and even by individuals who may not have been previously persecuted but who now fear future persecution. How do you prove it? In a perfect situation, a client will show up with a video tape of them being persecuted and with documentary records of the persecution. However, in the real world that’s not how it works. In many cases, clients have nothing except their word. Immigration law does allow for situations where a person’s statement alone, if credible, can be enough. I attached a picture of an approved asylum, which was approved at the initial stage by the Asylum Office DHS Immigration .