People may seek asylum in the United States for a variety of reasons. Whether it’s fleeing their homeland due to a violent war or because of religious or political persecution, issues based on individuals coming to the U.S. after fleeing their country can be complicated and involve both international and domestic laws. Individuals who are facing persecution in their home country due to an intrinsic part of their identity, such as their race, religion, nationality, political opinion, and membership of a particular social group. If you are seeking asylum in the United States, it is important you don’t face this process alone. Instead, you must enlist in the help of a trusted Phoenix immigration lawyer, such as ours at Kanu & Associates, P.C. Individuals may apply for asylum when they are here illegally as well, as long as the application is filed within the proper timeframe, or it is appropriately demonstrated as to why they are eligible for an exception to this otherwise strict rule.
If you believe that returning to your home country is no longer considered a safe option, Kanu & Associates, P.C. is ready to pursue asylum and temporary protected status in the U.S. With more than 15 years of experience, our Phoenix immigration lawyer has helped countless of clients reach their immigration goals, and we are confident that he can do the same for you.
Applying for asylum is free, and you may include your spouse and children within your application. Application to asylum will subject you to various security and background checks, during which process you may be ineligible for asylum. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) defines a refugee as, “A person outside of his/her country of nationality and not within the United States or at the borders of the U.S., who is unable or unwilling to return to that country due to persecution or ‘a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, political affiliation.”
First, you must file Form I-589 (Application for Asylum and Withholding of Removal) within one year of arriving in the U.S. You will then go through a background security check and have your fingerprints recorded. Then the last step is an interview with a USCIS officer, which will take place within 45 days. This interview process will be the final step in determining whether you are lawfully welcomed into the United States under asylum. In addition, those who seek asylum in the U.S. can apply for permanent resident status after one year. For those who previously applied for asylum, and were denied by the Board of Immigration, there is a significant chance you will be barred from applying once more. You may also be denied if there are any criminal activities you are a perpetrator of.
When you feel as though you have nowhere left to turn, we want to be there for you until your case is resolved as successfully as possible. Do not hesitate to let our experienced and skilled Phoenix immigration lawyers of Kanu & Associates, P.C. work tirelessly on your behalf. We will do everything possible to protect your human rights and your freedom as best as we possibly can.
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