ASYLUM GUIDE: HELPING YOU WIN YOUR CASE
Are you eligible for asylum in the United States?
Those who are persecuted in their home country could have the right to immigrate to the U.S.A. and get asylum granted. This asylum gives the individual or family the right to live and work in the country and be free from the oppression and danger in the home country. Under U.S. immigration law, 8 U.S.C. §1101(a)(42)(A), the option of asylum is available to those who are suffering from persecution from:
- Religious beliefs
- Political stance
- Participation in a particular social group
- Ethnic background
Asylum allows individuals to come to the United States indefinitely in order to be relieved from the persecution that they face in their country of origin. In addition, it offers protection from deportation, for those who are already present in the United States. There are many people who come to the U.S.A. and enter the country without correct paperwork – often with the goal of survival. Once they are established in the U.S.A., and working, they could come under scrutiny by the immigration authorities and be threatened with deportation. This could be a disaster, as returning to the country of origin could lead to serious consequences, sometimes death. In such a case, it is possible for your immigration lawyer to take action and help you to pursue asylum so you no longer have to worry about being deported from the country, and can live and work in peace.
APPLICATION AND ACCEPTANCE
If you are coming to the United States then you will be able to apply for asylum at any port of entry, or if you are already present in the U.S. then you will be able to file within one year of your arrival. There are some cases, however, where circumstances change after one year. In these cases, there are special provisions made so that you may have longer than one year to apply. If you have applied once before and your application was denied, then you will be barred from applying again. Every case is unique and should be carefully evaluated by our legal team so we can correctly advise you about your options. It is important that you take action quickly, as waiting too long to apply can create more barriers and difficulties. We urge you to contact our firm so we can review and analyze your situation and determine how to best move forward with your application for asylum.
According to 8 U.S.C. §1158(b)(1)(B), the applicant bears the burden of proof to support the claim of persecution as defined in §1101 of this same title. You must show reasonable documentation to prove the persecution you had in your country of origin, and that you have a reasonable fear of the persecution would continue if you returned. Our firm has extensive experience in presenting compelling evidence to the authorities to improve your chances of being accepted into the country and to be able to continue to live and work here without fear.