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Understanding Political Asylum And Refugee Status

Individuals who arrive in the United States and fear returning to their native country because of the threat of persecution based on race, religion, sexual orientation, or membership in a political or social group may be eligible to apply for permanent resident status through a request for asylum or refugee status.

At the Law Office of Donald H. London Esq., we have more than 30 years of experience helping those facing persecution or the prospect of persecution pursue political asylum and other protections in the United States.

An Experienced Immigration Lawyer Helping People Secure A Safe Haven

For those just arriving to the United States, the process for seeking asylum can be incredibly stressful and complex. After leaving a potentially threatening situation, only to be met with the prospect of being sent back can be disheartening. Our attorney and staff understand many of the challenges facing asylum-seekers and provide clear, compassionate guidance throughout the process.

In order to qualify for refugee status or political asylum, an individual must submit the request within the first year of entering the United States while providing evidence showing legitimate cause to fear returning to his or her home country. Furthermore, if the situation within the country of origin has changed significantly (perhaps due to civil war) the individual may apply for political asylum. Some other steps in this process include:

  • Appearing before and interview with a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) asylum officer
  • If asylum is not granted, an immigration judge will review the case and additional evidence may be presented
  • Witnesses and other evidence may be brought in to help support the case
  • One year after an individual is granted political asylum or refugee status, that person may then apply for lawful permanent residence by filing Form I-485 (application to register permanent residence or adjust status)

If you are looking to obtain lawful permanent residence in the United States, it is imperative to contact a knowledgeable immigration attorney. Even the smallest mistake or missed deadline may hinder your chances of receiving a green card.

Our immigration attorney can advise you on the best course of action to obtain permanent resident status and assist with the preparation of all forms and supporting documentation. We are available throughout the length of the application process to answer your questions and mitigate any concerns.

Contact Us To Learn How We Can Help You Remain In The United States

Call the Law Office of Donald H. London Esq. by calling 914-979-2743 or complete our online contact form to receive a prompt response. From our law office in Yonkers, New York, we represent clients throughout the tri-state area. We offer flexible appointment scheduling during evenings and weekends. We also provide Spanish-language services.