The United States honors the right to asylum under international and federal law to individuals who face persecution in their native countries. If you or someone you know needs information and guidance concerning an asylum or refugee matter, please contact our Houston immigration firm immediately.
In general, to be considered a refugee, an individual must have suffered (or face the future prospect of suffering) persecution based on his or her race, religion, nationality, political views, or membership in a specific group. Such individuals need international protection because their own governments or state institutions are unable to protect their rights or physical security.
These individuals may be fleeing in terror from abuses within their own countries or attempting to escape oppression that their states are unable to prevent. If the individual is already in the U.S., he/she may be granted asylum. If the individual is outside the U.S. and asks for asylum, he/she is considered a refugee.
In these cases, it is essential that a Houston immigration lawyer is contacted immediately. Only with legal help do you stand a chance of completing your process with success.
The United States asylum policy, as well as refugee procedures, are regulated by the Refugee Act of 1980. This Act is consistent with the 1967 United Nations Protocol on Refugees. No limit is imposed on the number of persons who may be granted asylum in the U.S. Those who are granted asylum must reside in the U.S. for one year in order to become eligible to apply for an adjustment to lawful permanent resident status. To be eligible for asylum, an individual must ask for asylum at a port of entry, file an application within one year of entering the U.S., and must also qualify under the definition of a refugee.
To be granted asylum, you must file an application for asylum with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. We can assist you with the asylum application and process. We are well-acquainted with procedures related to any form of immigration law of issue, as our attorneys are immigrants themselves.
Not only can we relate to the hardships associated with immigration, we passionately strive to assist anyone else struggling with deciphering through laws and government rules. We have defended cases involving immigration and asylum throughout the United States. With our dedication and commitment to helping you when you need it most, you can rest easy knowing that we will fight for your right to asylum until the end.
Do not hesitate to contact our Houston immigration office today.