Asylum and Citizenship Projects

CAIR-Chicago actively works with incoming immigrants to the US to help them seek refuge and find a more permanent status. You can read more about the projects below!


Since 2014, CAIR-Chicago has been actively involved in applying for asylum for its eligible clients. Due to the violence and repression and continued strife in many Muslim countries, there continues to be an increased number of Muslims seeking asylum in the United States, particularly from Middle Eastern countries. The Civil Rights Department currently has more than a dozen affirmative asylum applications pending before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The asylum clients (mostly from Syria and Egypt) include students, physicians, professors, and activists.

Click here to read more about the Asylum Project.


In the summer of 2017, CAIR-Chicago started the Citizenship Delay Project. Since the creation of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in 2002, organizations offering legal services like CAIRChicago have noticed a trend toward pre-textual denials, inordinate delays, redundant requests for interviews, and generally stricter scrutiny applied to Muslim applicants. This is in part related to a covert vetting program implemented by USCIS in 2009 called the Controlled Application Review and Resolution Program (CARRP).

Click here to read more about the Citizenship Delay Project.