Take Control Of Your Immigration Future
People come to the United States for many different reasons. Many seek to make a better life for their families through the opportunities for employment that our country provides. Others seek to escape the harsh conditions of life in their native country. Some of the immigrants who come to the United States are fearful of returning to their native country because governments or political and social groups have threatened to harm them. If you came to the United States to escape persecution or harm from people in your native country, you may be eligible to apply for asylum protection. Enlist the help of an asylum attorney or asylum lawyer to ensure you can live in the U.S. without the fear of removal.
What Is Asylum Protection?
The right to asylum has existed for many centuries and is currently observed by the United States. The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) allows the United States to grant sanctuary to immigrants who cannot return to their country of origin because it is likely that they will be persecuted for their race, religion, political beliefs, or membership in a social group. The right of asylum grants approved refugees or asylees protection from being deported and permission to seek employment in the United States.
Approved refugees or asylees can also obtain Social Security cards and petition for derivative refugee/asylee status for their families. This allows their spouses and children to join them in the United States as fellow refugees or asylees. Refugees also have access to resources from the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), such as assistance with finances and medical bills, as well as job placement services and English language lessons. Also, after one year of living in the United States, approved refugees or asylees can apply for a green card to gain lawful permanent resident status.
Seeking Asylum Based on Gender
Throughout the world, persecution comes in many different forms. In addition to persecution based on ethnicity, beliefs, or social status, many people are also persecuted on the basis of their gender. In some countries, women face torture, ostracism, and even death. These women experience culturally sanctioned abuse, discrimination, and oppression because the laws of their country do not protect them.
If you come from a country that allows forced marriages, female genital mutilation, discrimination, honor killings, and other types of gender-based oppression, you may have the right to seek asylum in the United States. To be granted asylum, you must prove not only that you were the victim of a gender crime, but also that it was the result of clear gender-based discrmination and that your country did not take any steps to prevent it from happening again.
Why Refugees and Asylees Need Legal Assistance
The process of granting asylum protection is often not a simple one. Many people enter the United States seeking asylum, but only around 25% of refugees are granted asylum. There are complex sets of laws that determine whether or not an individual is eligible for asylum, and without the help of a good asylum attorney, it can feel impossible to make a case for why you should be allowed to stay. Furthermore, many refugees face the threat of deportation if they enter the United States without a valid visa. With the help of a good legal expert, not only can you defend yourself against removal, but you may also be able to gain refugee status through an immigration court. If you have successfully entered the United States, you must submit Form I-589 within one year of your arrival or you may lose your eligibility for asylum protection. You can also obtain authorization to work by submitting Form I-765 150 days after submitting Form I-589.
If you are unable to obtain asylum protection, you can also seek protection under the Convention Against Torture (CAT). This legal provision protects refugees from being deported to their home country, but it does not grant the same privileges as asylum protection. People who are protected under the CAT are unable to seek permanent resident status, naturalization, or derivative refugee status for their family members. Also, individuals protected by the CAT may still be deported to another country where they are not at risk of being tortured. Protection under the CAT is granted if an individual can successfully establish what type of torture they will face if they return to their native country. This can be accomplished by documenting how their native country’s government has tortured others or how they have been tortured by the government in the past.
Let Sadri Law Help You Obtain Asylum Protection
At Sadri Immigration Law, we are passionate about helping refugees stay in the United States without fear of being harmed or persecuted. We’ll help you establish credibility so that the courts are aware of your eligibility for asylum or protection under the Convention Against Torture. If you have established roots in San Jose, San Francisco, or elsewhere in the Bay Area, we are ready and willing to guide you through the process of seeking asylum. We’ll make sure you have all the necessary paperwork and documents to begin your new life in the United States.