Any foreign national (along with their spouse and children) can seek asylum in the United States if they have been suffering persecution, or fear of persecution, in their home country due to reasons such as:
- Membership in a particular social group
- Political opinion
The refugees applying for asylum could be already staying in the United States or can be seeking entry into the United States. If their application seeking asylum is granted, they can remain in the country under its protection. The law authorizes the asylee to work while remaining under asylum. The asylee can even apply for a Green Card for a permanent residency status one year after being granted asylum.
The asylum can be obtained through two different methods ¾ the affirmative process or the defensive process. To obtain asylum through the affirmative process, the applicant must be physically present in the United States. However, under the defensive process, the applicant requests protection as a defense against removal from the U.S., and their arguments are heard by Immigration Judges.
We at the Anu Attorney Professional Law Firm can guide you on issues related to asylum in the following ways:
- Provide legal advice on asylum laws, rulings, and other options
- Apply for asylum for you and / or your spouse and children
- Petition to bring your spouse and children to the United States
- Apply for employment authorization