Brooklyn Asylum & Refugee Attorneys
Compassionate Immigration Advocacy in New York & New Jersey
If you are afraid to return to or stay in your home country because you have reason to believe you will be subject to violence or other forms of persecution, you may be able to seek protection in the United States. Obtaining asylum or refugee status is not easy, but hiring capable legal representation can increase your odds of success.
At Usher Law Group, we are not afraid to take on complex cases. Our Brooklyn asylum & refugee lawyers have over a decade of experience handling matters of immigration, and our team can provide the pragmatic advice you need to achieve your objectives. After evaluating your circumstances, we will advise whether you likely qualify for asylum or refugee status under the law. We will then build a strategic case and fervently fight for you throughout each stage of the legal process.
Am I Eligible for Asylum or Refugee Status?
First, it is important to understand the difference between asylum and refugee status. You will seek asylum status if you are already inside the United States or appear at a U.S. port of entry. You will request refugee status if you are outside the United States.
You will only qualify for asylum or refugee status if you have experienced persecution or fear future persecution in your home country. This persecution must be because of your race, religion, nationality, political beliefs, or membership in a particular social group.
Types of harm that constitute “persecution” include physical violence, unlawful detention, human rights violations, and other forms of targeted harm. You might be eligible for asylum protection if a new government in your home country is arbitrarily imprisoning members of a particular religion, for example.
The persecution does not necessarily have to be carried about your home country’s government. Persecution committed by other organized groups may count if your home country’s government cannot or will not control the offending parties.
It can sometimes be challenging to determine if you will qualify for protection. Our Brooklyn asylum & refugee lawyers can assess your case and help you explore all available immigration options.
To obtain asylum or refugee status, you will have to prove you either previously experienced persecution on protected grounds or you reasonably fear future persecution. Providing sufficient evidence can be challenging, but our team at Usher Law Group can help you build a persuasive case.
In most situations, you will need to have fled from your home country if you are looking to request refugee status. However, prospective refugees must still apply from outside the United States. You must obtain a referral from the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) before you can formally request refugee protection. Once you have a referral, you will need to gather evidence, fill out the appropriate paperwork, and submit an affidavit. You will eventually meet with an immigration official who will make a final decision in your case.
You can seek asylum status “affirmatively” or “defensively.” If you are already in the United States, you can “affirmatively” (or voluntarily) request asylum protection within one year of your entry. You will need to pursue asylum status defensively if you arrive at a U.S. port of entry or are placed in removal proceedings. Asylum status can be granted as a form of deportation relief if you qualify.
Asylees and refugees can live anywhere in the United States and have permission to work most types of jobs. They are also eligible for green cards after one year. This means asylees and refugees have a potential path to citizenship.
Our New York City asylum & refugee lawyers are committed to providing client-centric, results-oriented representation. Whether you are currently abroad or in the United States on another visa, we can offer attentive guidance and comprehensive legal support.
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