What is Asylum?
Asylum is the protection granted to foreign nationals who feel they cannot return to their native country. Seeking asylum is often confused with requesting refugee status, however, one main difference is that an individual who is requesting asylum is already in the country at the time of their request. In most cases, asylum is requested because an individual feels they would be in some form of mortal danger if they were to return to their country.
Individuals who are seeking asylum are typically fleeing persecution based on:
- Social status
- Personal beliefs
- Political beliefs
- Religious beliefs
How to Request Asylum
There are specific requirements which must be met in order for an individual to prove they are in danger of being persecuted or harmed, and thus eligible to seek asylum. That is why if you or a loved one wishes to seek asylum in the United States, you need to consult with an immigration lawyer at Maney | Gordon | Zeller, P.A. right away. Our attorneys will review your specific situation, analysis all the facts surrounding your asylum request, and help you determine the best course of action to pursue.
We work with individuals who have either arrived in the U.S. with the specific purpose of requesting asylum and need legal representation to do so, and with individuals who have been found to be in the U.S. illegally, but have a real fear of being persecuted if they were to be deported back to their native country. In a situation like that, requesting asylum may be the proper deportation defense.
If your spouse or minor children are with you in the U.S., they too can be included on your application for asylum. Once asylum is granted, you will be able to legally live and work in the United States. After one year, you will also be eligible to apply for a permanent residence visa in order to achieve permanent resident status.
There are times when, after thorough review of a case, we have determined there is insufficient evidence to show an individual would qualify to seek asylum in the United States. This does not mean there are no other options available. Should you be genuinely afraid of being tortured or killed, there are other immigration requests which can be made. If your country is plagued by conflict or armed protests, or perhaps it has been severely impacted by a natural disaster, you may be eligible to receive a temporary protected status, grated by the U.S. Justice Department.
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