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Am I Entitled to Asylum?

Am I Entitled to Asylum?

In some situations, an immigrant who is facing deportation proceedings may be able to use asylum as a defense in order to remain in the U.S. Eligibility for asylum is based on a specific legal standard defined by federal immigration law; you may be eligible for asylum if you have suffered persecution in your home country or have a well-founded fear of persecution in the future on the basis of your race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. There also have been some cases where an immigrant was granted asylum due to persecution based on his or her gender or sexual orientation. You must file for asylum within one year of your arrival in the U.S., either at your port of entry or after you already are physically present in the U.S. You can include your spouse and/or any unmarried children under the age of 21 on your asylum application. If you receive asylum, you will have the legal authority to remain in the U.S., and you also can petition U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to bring your spouse and/or minor children from your home country to the U.S. One year following your grant of asylum, you can apply for your green card, as can any of your family members who have been granted asylum. If you don’t file for asylum within one year of your arrival in the U.S., you may still be able to petition for asylum if you do so within a reasonable timeframe of a changed circumstance that materially affected your eligibility for asylum, or if there were extraordinary circumstances related to the delay in filing your asylum application. Asylum is only one of the many defenses that undocumented immigrants may have available to them when facing deportation charges. The deportation defense lawyers of Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., pride themselves on aggressively representing the interests of those immigrants who are facing potential deportation by American immigration authorities. Our goal is to gather evidence in your favor, build on a strong case on your behalf, and develop a strategy that is best designed to help you remain in the United States and move on with your life. The earlier we can get started with your case, the more likely you are to prevail in your deportation proceedings. Don’t hesitate to contact us today and learn what we can do to assist you.

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