If you are presently in the United States and have suffered harm, or fear that you will suffer harm upon return to your home country, you may be eligible for asylum, withholding of removal or relief under the Convention Against Torture. If you think you might qualify, consult an attorney right away. Subject to a few exceptions, asylum applications are extremely time-sensitive because the application must be filed within one year of the applicant’s entry to the U.S., unless “extraordinary circumstances” can be established. Applicants must show that the harm they suffered or fear they will suffer rises to the level of “persecution” and that harm must be based on race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or (actual or imputed) political opinion. These factual and legal issues are complicated and usually require the assistance of an experienced immigration lawyer. Our attorneys have extensive experience in complicated asylum cases and have successfully represented both detained and non-detained individuals.
People who have been granted asylum can:
- Legally work in the U.S.
- Petition to bring their family to the U.S., with some limitations
- Eventually file for lawful permanent residency and naturalization, if certain conditions are met
Contact the immigration attorneys of Becker & Lee LLP to learn more.