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.

Details About Asylum Applications

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 About Asylum

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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