Some of the first European immigrants to America were fleeing persecution in their homeland. This nation has long been a place of refuge for those fleeing the harm that might befall them in their home nations.
While the subject of immigration has grown ever more contentious in recent years, the country does maintain policies that support the principle of offering protection to those needing to flee persecution. The process, though, is not as straightforward as one might hope and is under more scrutiny because of the potential of it being abused.
That, however, is not cause for despair. If those who do have a legitimate need for asylum are able to demonstrate that and clearly present it to the proper authorities, asylum still may be granted. The process, though, can be complex, and your odds of approval can be improved by working with someone with experience and knowledge of the procedures.
At Steven T. Meier, PLLC, our experience can be put to work on your behalf. We help our clients fight for freedom from the persecution they’re fleeing.
In short, asylum in United States immigration law is an opportunity for those who are faced with persecution in their homeland to have a chance at a better life in the U.S. Asylum in the United States grants the person legal protection, and they are able to stay in the United States for a period of time.
After one year with “asylee” status, or having been granted asylum, they may petition for a green card, which can give them permanent resident status in the country. A green card holder can become a citizen through naturalization after four years.
An immigration lawyer can be invaluable to successfully seeking asylum in the United States. They can help with a variety of procedures, including:
There is no cap on the number of people who may be granted asylum in the United States each year. However, those applying must be able to meet certain criteria, such as:
It will be important that you are able to convey in a clear manner the way in which you meet the criteria for asylum qualification. This is something that the legal team at Steven T. Meier, PLLC, will be able to assist applicants with.
The persecution that will be considered for granting asylum must be something serious in nature. Something that generally would fall into the category of harassment isn’t likely to qualify. While the harm done by the persecution doesn’t need to be physical, it does need to be targeted mistreatment and severe in nature. The persecution must also be perpetrated by your government, or it must be something that your government can’t, or won’t, intervene to stop. Some examples of persecution include:
There are two different forms of asylum that someone seeking asylum in the United States can apply for:
Your petitions for asylum must clearly explain the details of your situation and why you should be granted asylum. Some of the things it must include are:
The likelihood of your application being accepted is highly dependent upon how thoroughly and persuasively you can describe the nature of your situation. While you could attempt to do this yourself, working with an experienced lawyer can often be a more effective option.
We are familiar with what the authorities are looking for and expect to hear in a petition and before the immigration court if necessary. We are also trained to be able to clearly explain your situation in both writing and before the court. Don’t leave anything to chance in your petition for asylum, and work with an experienced lawyer, as you can find at Steven T. Meier, PLLC.
Not being granted asylum can be a tough situation. It generally means that the asylum seeker will be placed in removal proceedings. However, denial of asylum doesn’t mean that all hope needs to be abandoned. There are a couple of alternative measures that can be sought after. They are:
Asylum, while offering significant protection, still runs the risk of status termination, but more secure options exist. Notably, a green card is something available for those granted asylum after one year’s time.
This grants holders permanent residency in the United States, although lacking the full benefits of citizenship. After four years, a green card holder may go through the naturalization process to become a full-fledged United States citizen.
There’s no denying that immigration is a contentious issue in this country. As a result, all elements of the immigration process are taken seriously and under particular scrutiny. Asylum is no exception.
However, the asylum policies available do offer an outlet for those with legitimate reasons to fear returning to their home nation. What’s important, though, is making the decision-makers understand that reality.
That’s what we help do. At Steven T. Meier, PLLC, we have years of experience working in immigration law and helping people find asylum. We can help ensure that all forms are properly and persuasively filed out so that you don’t run into potential errors, leading to a delay or denial of your application.
We can also help represent you through any of the legal proceedings involved and use our knowledge and experience to put forth a substantial argument on your behalf. If you’re seeking asylum in the Charlotte area, contact us today.
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