How to apply for asylum in El Salvador?

The United States, Mexico, and Spain have been the most popular destinations. Approximately 70% of asylum applications have been denied. The refugees in Germany and Panama have had the most success. In 2020, 14,999 people fled El Salvador and applied for asylum in other countries. This equates to about 0.231 percent of the total population.

A total of 44 Salvadoreans have fled to Germany. With 33 positive decisions, a total of 100.00 percent of all applications were accepted.

How to apply for asylum in El Salvador?

You have to complete a Form I-589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal to apply for asylum. For more information about applying for asylum, see the Obtaining Asylum in the United States and the Affirmative Asylum Process pages.

Or you can take help from UNHCR and other different agencies.

UNHCR El Salvador

  • El Salvador provides information to refugees and asylum seekers.– help.unhcr.org
  • Visit the UNHCR website for information on international protection claims, including legislation, case law, and UNHCR policy- Refworld.

Other asylum help sources

UN Agencies: UNDP, IOM, UNICEF, WFP, OHCHR, UNFPA, OCHA, UNAIDS, WHO/PAHO, UN Women, UNODC.

Local NGOs:

  • Aldeas Infantiles SOS
  • COMCAVIS TRANS
  • FUNDASAL

International NGOs: 

    • Plan International
    • Save the Children
    • International Committee of the Red Cross ICRC
    • Norwegian Refugee Council – NRC
    • Caritas El Salvador
    • International Rescue Committee – IRC
    • World Vision
    • Medicos del Mundo
    • Medicos sin Fronteras
    • Spanish Red Cross