Asking For Asylum In The USA

Through its asylum and refugee programs, the United States offers protection to individuals whose life in their home country is endangered. However, the U.S. government's definition of endangered is extremely narrow. In many cases, people in grave need of help are turned away — especially when they lack skilled legal representation.

In order to successfully petition for Asylum or to overturn an immigration official's earlier denial, it is important that you work with an experienced attorney with a record of asylum success. The lawyers at Access To Law Foundation are qualified to help. As a nonprofit organization, we offer sliding scale legal counsel and representation to individuals and families in Georgia and the Southeast. We understand the difficulties presented by the complex U.S. immigration system, and will work hard to help you establish the legal status you need to live safely.

Who Is Eligible For Asylum?

According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), asylum is available to people who have suffered persecution — or face threats of future persecution — by their government or by someone their government cannot control based on their race, religion, political affiliation, nationality or membership in a particular social group.

Generally, you must apply for asylum within one year of arriving to the U.S. If you are granted asylum, then you are able to stay and remain a Legal Permanent Resident — which renews every 10 years — and eventually find a path to citizenship. Yet authorities frequently reject incomplete petitions filed by individuals who did not have the legal help they needed. This is why it's extremely important to work with a knowledgeable lawyer who understands how to assemble to requisite proofs and present the full scope of your suffering during the affirmative petitioning process.

Exploring Every Option

Even if you did not qualify for asylum, you may still be able to gain legal entrance to the United State through a T visa or U visa, which offer special protections to victims of human trafficking, domestic abuse and other crimes. To see if you are eligible, reach out to our Foundation.

You can call us at 770-729-4753 or contact us online. Based in Norcross, we hold special know-your-rights seminars on immigration in Moultrie, and serve all of Georgia and the Southeast.