Asylum: Seeking Protection in the United States.
Asylum is a form of protection from persecution in person’s home country. An application can be filed voluntarily (affirmative application) or as a defense from deportation in removal proceedings (defensive application). Applications are decided by the USCIS Asylum Office or by an Immigration Judge.
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.
Claim must be based on one or more of these grounds. Law requires that an application must be filed within one year of 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 case before undertaking representation.