Applying for Political Asylum or Refugee Status
Enlist an Experienced Columbus Immigration Attorney
When a foreign nation is unable or unwilling to protect its citizens from
persecution or abuse, both the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
(USCIS) and an Immigration Judge have the authority to grant legal immigration
status to affected persons.
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Eligibility to File for Asylum
Asylum status may be granted to individuals who have been persecuted or
have a fear being subject to future persecution in their home country
on account of one or more of the following grounds:
- Political opinion, and/or
- Membership in a particular social group.
To apply for asylum, an applicant must file
Form 1-589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal within one year of arrival to the U.S. unless there are changed circumstances
or extraordinary circumstances beyond the applicant’s control. An
asylum applicant can include his or her spouse and/or children on the
application as long as the children are unmarried and not yet 21 years
of age. An applicant may also obtain permission to work in the United
States and obtain permanent resident status.
If you wish to apply for asylum, it is highly recommended that you consult
with an experienced immigration attorney who can evaluate the strength
of your case.
Call Robert Brown LLC at (614) 358-5554 to
schedule a consultation.
Facing a removal proceeding?
In addition to asylum relief, an applicant who fears persecution in their
home country may request withholding of removal or protection under the
Convention Against Torture if he or she is currently in removal proceedings
before an immigration judge. If you believe that returning to your home
country would result in persecution, torture, or other serious harm, speak
with a Columbus immigration attorney immediately to evaluate your legal options.
Filing for Permanent Residence
A successful asylum applicant may apply for a green card one year after
USCIS or an Immigration Judge grants asylum status. To apply for permanent
resident status, you must file
Form 1-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or to Adjust Status. If you are also seeking permanent residency for your family members,
each eligible dependent must file their own Form I-485 with USCIS to receive
a green card.
Receive a Consultation Directly with Our Lawyers
Our team of skilled Columbus immigration lawyers at Robert Brown, LLC,
has practiced immigration law for nearly seven decades. If you need assistance
petitioning for asylum or becoming a refugee, our firm can guide you throughout
the entire process.
Call our office
at (614) 358-5554 to learn more
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