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It is the unfortunate reality that not every country upholds the rights and freedoms that the United States of America does. Every day people are prohibited, punished, or even harmed on the basis of their race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. If you are a foreign national, and you fear returning to your home country because of one of these things, you may be eligible to apply for asylum and stay in the United States. However, the application process can be difficult to understand and execute efficiently, so it’s important to enlist the help of an experienced asylum attorney who can help you navigate the steps and requirements so that you can avoid making mistakes that might compromise your eligibility.  Call Equal Justice Law Group today to schedule a Consultation and discover your next steps.

What Is Asylum?

Asylum is a form of protection granted by the United States to foreign nationals who have fled their own country due to fear of persecution. The persecution can be based on race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. Individuals seeking asylum in the U.S. are often referred to as asylum seekers.

There are many components of asylum that our asylum lawyers can help you understand, such as:

    1. Eligibility Criteria:
  • To qualify for asylum, individuals must meet the definition of a refugee as outlined in U.S. immigration law.
  • They must demonstrate a well-founded fear of persecution on account of one of the five protected grounds: race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.
    2. Application Process:
  • Asylum seekers must apply for asylum within one year of their arrival in the United States.
  • The application is filed with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) or, if in removal proceedings, with the immigration court.
  • Asylum seekers may include their spouse and children who are in the United States on the same application.
    3. Work Authorization:
  • Asylum applicants are generally eligible to apply for work authorization while their asylum case is pending.
    4. No Return to Persecuting Country:
  • Once an individual has been granted asylum, they are allowed to remain in the United States and cannot be deported to the country where they faced persecution.
    5. Refugee Status:
  • Individuals granted asylum are considered refugees and may be eligible for certain benefits similar to those available to refugees resettled in the U.S.
    6. Derivative Asylum:
  • Certain family members of the principal asylum applicant, who were included in the application, may be eligible for derivative asylum status.
    7. Path to Permanent Residency (Green Card):
  • Asylees may apply for lawful permanent resident status (green card) one year after being granted asylum.

Trust Our Asylum Attorneys To Guide You Through The Steps Of Seeking Asylum

Fulfilling the steps for gaining asylum can be complicated, which can make stressful times even more difficult. The good news is that you don’t have to go through the process alone. We will help you navigate the legal steps, handle lengthy paperwork, and answer your questions so that you can have confidence going forward.

You do not deserve to live in constant fear for your safety. If you are seeking asylum but are overwhelmed by the journey required to make that possible, the asylum lawyers at Equal Justice Law Group are here to help.

Equal Justice Law Group Is Here To Help

Galina Dorris is a compassionate, multilingual law clerk at Equal Justice Law Group who is also a former refugee. Her overall personal and professional experience with immigration law can give you an advantage in completing the required steps for obtaining asylum.

Call Equal Justice Law Group today to schedule a Consultation where we will explain your legal options, rights, and responsibilities so that you can gain safety and peace of mind.

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