Asylum: Seeking Protection in the United States.
Asylum is a form of protection from persecution in person’s home country. Asylum application can be filed voluntarily (affirmative asylum) or as a defense to deportation in removal proceedings (defensive asylum). Asylum applications are decided by the Asylum Office or by an Immigration Judge.
Asylum applicants must prove that they have suffered past persecution or that they have a reasonable fear of future persecution in their home country based exclusively on these protected grounds:
- political opinion, or
- membership in a particular social group.
Asylum claim must be based on one or more of these grounds. Law requires that an Asylum application must be filed within one year of person’s arrival to the United States. Missing this deadline makes a person not eligible for asylum with very limited exceptions.
Asylum cases are among the most complex immigration matters and we take a great care to thoroughly evaluate a potential asylum claim before undertaking representation.