Foreign nationals who wish to seek asylum in the United States generally must file their applications within one year after arrival. If they do not, the Citizenship and Immigration Service may refer the case to an Immigration Court Judge to see if an exception to that deadline applies.
As part of the comprehensive immigration reform efforts this year, the advocacy group Human Rights First is trying to change that law. If you were denied asylum due to the deadline -- and your case was exceptionally strong otherwise -- please contact the group. More information about them is available by clicking here.