Qualifying For Asylum Status
Asylum is a form of legal protection for people who have traveled to the U.S. out of fear of violence or prosecution in their home country. For an individual to file for asylum, they must meet all of the qualifications for refugee status and be in the United States when they file.
Requirements for asylum in the United States:
- Proving that you meet the U.S. immigration legal definition of refugee status — demonstrating you have suffered prosecution or have a “well-founded fear” of violence or prosecution in your home country based on:
- Membership in a prosecuted social group
- Political opinions
- Your application for asylum must happen on American soil, typically at airports, seaports or border crossing stations.
- The application must be submitted within one year from the day you arrive in the U.S.
Once asylum is granted, you have the right to live and work in the U.S. In addition, asylee status allows you to travel outside the U.S. and qualify to file for permanent residence and citizenship. Asylees can also apply to bring their spouse and unmarried minor (under 21) children to the U.S.
Representation For Political Asylum Seekers
Our attorneys have been helping asylum seekers from around the world for more than 30 years. We understand the unique situations and types of persecution being faced by people around the globe. Clients we have guided through the asylum application process include:
- Sikhs fleeing India for fear of the mistreatment by their government, and the pervasive climate of political oppression that has endured since the 1984 Sikh Massacre.
- People from Muslim ethnic groups such as Shia Muslims trying to escape threats of violence from sectarian militants in Pakistan.
- “Stateless” Palestinians dealing with the complexities of coming from a country that is not recognized by the United States.
- Africans from countries across the African continent escaping persecution.
There is no annual quota on the number of people who can be granted asylum status, but that does not mean that the process is easy. At John W. Lawit, we help make sure that applications are completed accurately and filed on time to give our clients the best chance at asylum.