You may apply for protection in the United States through asylum if you have been persecuted or fear persecution in your home country based on your race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or based on your political opinion. You must prove your eligibility for asylum and, if you are eligible, you may remain in this country. You must apply for asylum within one year after arriving.
If you have arrived in the United States and wish to apply for asylum, please contact my firm to set up a consultation with me so that we can discuss your situation. In my legal practice, I have assisted many persons and their families in obtaining asylum status. I am fully knowledgeable and experienced in federal immigration law and the procedures for attaining asylum, as well as permanent residency.
When you apply for asylum, you may include your spouse and children if they are also in the U.S. on your application. You may not, however, apply for permission to work at the same time as you apply for asylum. You must wait 150 days after your completed application to apply for work authorization. Once you are granted asylum, you may begin to work immediately. Also, once you are granted asylum, you can petition to bring your spouse and children to the U.S. This petition must be submitted within 2 years after you are granted asylum. You may apply for permanent residence within one year.
In some cases, if you are in removal proceedings as an alien inside the United States who has suffered from persecution in your home country, you may be able to obtain relief from deportation by being granted asylum. To be granted asylum and avoid being deported, you must prove that you have suffered persecution in the past in your home country or face a reasonable fear of being persecuted if you return to your home country, based on race, religion, nationality or other.
In these cases, you must prove specific facts through evidence of the persecution. In the past, courts have accepted such facts as murder, torture, extended incarceration, slavery and other similar treatment. Even in cases where you can establish fear of persecution, whether you will be granted asylum will be up to the discretion of the court. Immigration courts will review all aspects of your case, including whether you have falsified information, have committed crimes, or are a danger to the U.S.
Applying for asylum is a very technical process. Any error or inconsistency in your application may result in removal proceedings, which is why it is important to work with a qualified Houston immigration lawyer. As a knowledgeable and dedicated attorney, I will make every effort to ensure that your asylum application is accurate and effective to give you the best chance of a favorable result. I can provide assistance to clients in Houston as well as those throughout the country.