Asylum

The Requirements For Getting Asylum

The Vinesh Patel Law Firm assists people who are applying for asylum in the United States. Asylum is for immigrants who fled to the United States due to persecution in their home country. Asylum is only available for those who flee particular types of persecution: persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. Also, you must demonstrate either past persecution or a well-founded fear of future persecution.

Even if you meet these basic requirements, approval of your application is discretionary. That means that there is no guarantee that you application will be approved. If your application is granted, you may not be deported, and your children can get derivative asylum. After one year, you and your children can apply for a green card.

How To Apply For Asylum

You have two options. First, you can apply for affirmative asylum with your local asylum office. If you reside in Texas, your local asylum office is the Houston Asylum Office. If your application is denied, you may be referred to the immigration court for removal proceedings. Second, you can apply for defensive asylum if you are already in removal proceedings. The defensive process begins with a credible fear interview, where an asylum officer asks you questions to determine whether you have a credible fear of persecution.

Reminders About Asylum

  • Asylum applications must be filed within one year of entering the United States. Don’t wait too long. Nevertheless, there are exceptions which you should speak to an asylum lawyer about.
  • No second chances. If you’ve applied for asylum once and been denied, you cannot apply again. Of course, you can appeal an initial denial the Board of Immigration Appeals.
  • You cannot apply if you have participated in the persecution of others or been convicted of a serious crime.

Do I Need An Asylum Lawyer To Apply For Asylum?

No, you are not required to have an asylum lawyer to apply for asylum. But an asylum lawyer will be able to help you collect evidence and present your case in the best possible light. A good asylum lawyer will help persuade an asylum office or immigration judge that you meet the basic requirements for asylum, and that you deserve to stay in the country. To talk to a Dallas asylum lawyer, please contact The Vinesh Patel Law Firm, or call 1-888-407-7014.

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