Asylum

Asylum

For those looking to claim asylum in the United States, we can help. Here is some general information about applying for asylum in the United States: who can benefit, how to apply and how to get help with your application.

To claim asylum, there are three basic requirements. First, an applicant must prove that he or she fears persecution in his or her home country. Second, the applicant must prove that the persecution falls within one of the five defined protected grounds for asylum (see below). Third, an applicant must establish that the government is either involved in the persecution or unable or unwilling to control the conduct of the persecutors.

Asylum is an immigration benefit available to those individuals who have suffered persecution or fear that they will suffer future persecution due to their:

  • Race
  • Religion
  • Nationality
  • Membership in a particular social group (ex. being a woman or an LGBT individual)
  • Political opinion

Persecution means mistreatment committed directly by the individual’s government agents or by entities or individuals within that country whom the government cannot or will not control.

Refugees make up about one-tenth of the total number of immigrants that enter the United States every year. There are different processes for those applying from inside the US vs. those applying from outside.

Details About Your Application

If you are granted asylum, you are permitted to remain in the United States. With some exceptions, an asylum application generally must be filed within one year of the individual’s last entry into the United States. You may apply for asylum regardless of your immigration status.

Individuals who are granted asylum may apply for lawful permanent residence (a “green card”) one year after being granted asylum.

Speak to an Attorney

If you would like to pursue an asylum application, we invite you to contact us for a consultation. Based in San Mateo, California, the Alagiri Immigration Law Firm provides immigration services throughout the San Francisco Bay area and worldwide. We look forward to discussing your case with you.

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