People seeking asylum or refugee protection are best advised to seek the assistance and guidance of a knowledgeable and experienced immigration attorney.
Asylum can be granted to individuals who have just arrived in the U.S. seeking asylum at the port of entry or people who are already in the United States.
Asylum can be granted to individuals who are escaping persecution suffered in their native country or those who fear that returning to their country exposes them to suffer legitimate fear of persecution.
Individuals who already in the U.S. and eligible for asylum may be permitted to remain in the U.S. and must follow guidelines established by the United States Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS) and submit an Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal within one year of arrival to the U.S. There is no fee to apply for asylum.
Under the USCIS guidelines, people seeking protection due to a well-founded fear that they are in danger of persecution if they return to their native country due to their race, religion, nationality, political opinion or belonging to a particular social group
There are two types of asylum depending on the situation of the individual; Affirmative asylum and Defensive Asylum.
In the case of affirmative asylum, after receipt and evaluation of your application, you will be notified to attend an interview with a USCIS official at an office having jurisdiction over your residential address. The official will ask several questions regarding your experiences and why you fear returning to your country. After the interview the official will make a decision and notify you within 180 days.
Defensive Asylum occurs when an individual is seeking asylum to prevent removal or deportation proceedings.
Under these circumstances your request will be heard by an immigration judge who will decide the validity of your case.
Professional help is vital when seeking asylum. The attorneys at Reina & Bates are experienced and skilled in handling cases before these agencies and courts. Having an experienced attorney authorized to practice immigration law throughout Texas and in all fifty states can be the difference between staying in the U.S. and being deported.
Speaking with an experienced and skilled immigration attorney is the first step when dealing with any immigration issue.