Asylum & Refugees
If you have fear returning to your home country, you may be eligible for Asylum. Under Asylum, if you have fled persecution or fear future persecution in your country, on account of a protected ground, from a person or entity the government cannot control and there is nowhere in your country you are safe, the U.S. may grant you a legal status in order to protect you from harm.
Who can apply for Asylum?
To be able to apply for Asylum you must prove having a well-founded fear of persecution based on one or more of the following five grounds:
- Membership in a particular social group
- Political opinion
This means that at least one of these five grounds need to be the main reason for the persecution.
When do you need to apply?
Usually, an application for Asylum needs to be submitted within 1 year of arrival in the United States. Missing this deadline may cause the application to be denied.
From who or what should the persecution come from?
Generally, the kind of persecution required under asylum comes from the government of the home country of the applicant. This may occur through their officials, police officers or army. Also, persecution can come from a powerful criminal organization that the government is unable or unwilling to control.
What are examples of persecution?
Some examples are the severe loss of life or liberty, torture or severe bodily harm, being locked up for an extended period of time, as well as a threat of persecution or death. In the cases of threats, it must come from a credible source.
What government fees are required?
How can we start the application process?
What supporting documents need to be included?
In summary, some of the needed supporting documents are:
- Declaration (detailed personal statement by the applicant)
- Corroborating documents (medical reports, police reports, letters from witnesses, etc.)
Once you come in for a free initial confidential consultation, our office will provide you with a complete checklist which will be made part of your case file.