If you are fearful of returning to your home country because doing so risks your life or freedom, you may be eligible to apply for political asylum. Asylum is a type of protection that allows individuals who are already in the United States to remain here.

In order to obtain asylum, an applicant must demonstrate to the United States government that he or she fears persecution in their native country based upon one or more of the following: race; religion; nationality; membership in a social group; or, political opinion. The applicant must apply within one year of his or her arrival in the United States, with limited exceptions.

Asylum applicants must wait for an initial 150 days to apply for employment authorization from the time the application for political asylum is filed. The applicant’s family members may also be eligible for asylum status. Individuals granted asylum may apply for permanent residence one year after receiving asylum status.

It is critical to consult with an experienced immigration attorney when applying for political asylum. If your case is denied at the Asylum Office, you will be placed in removal proceedings in the Immigration Court. However, if you are granted asylum, it will provide you with refuge in the United States and allow you to become a permanent resident and, eventually, a U.S. citizen.

I have the experience and expertise to help you with the complex procedural and evidentiary requirements involved with an application for political asylum. Speaking as an immigration attorney, fewer things are more rewarding than a successful application for asylum.

Contact Alano Immigration

Call (415) 413-VISA (8472) or send me an email to schedule a consultation about your U.S. immigration law issues. I look forward to helping you seek refuge in the United States.

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