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Seeking asylum in the United States means that an individual is seeking legal protection from the government because they are too fearful to go back to their country of origin due to serious concerns for their safety and well-being. People around the world are targeted every day for their race, gender, political opinions, religion, and more. If you believe there is a real threat to your life by returning to your home country, you may be eligible to apply for asylum in the United States. The process isn’t easy, and any mistakes could threaten your chances at being approved. This is why it is crucial to allow an experienced immigration attorney to walk you through the steps. Our Phoenix asylum lawyer can build the strongest case possible so that you have the best chance at being granted asylum in the United States. Call today to schedule your free consultation and let us help you get peace of mind.
Asylum Vs. Refugee Status
Many people do not know that there is a difference between being an asylee and being a refugee. Refugees are people who were forced from their home country because of severe violence or war. Those seeking refugee status in the United States must apply from outside of the country before they arrive.
Those seeking asylum in the United States can apply at U.S. Border Patrol checkpoints and U.S. Customs checkpoints (such as those found at airports or seaports) if they are not already in the country. If you are already in the country, you can still apply within one year of arriving. This is known as affirmative asylum. Someone could also seek defensive asylum if they are facing deportation and do not want to be removed from the country.
The Application Process
To apply for asylum status, you will need to complete Form I-589 and mail it to the USCIS, along with other documents that could help you prove you have been or will be harmed if you return to your home country. These are not required, but will build a stronger case for you. The supporting documentation could be anything from a simple copy of a government-issued document which proves your identity, proof of your association with any groups that are targets of persecution in your home country, or any proof that you have already suffered some persecution such as torture or imprisonment.
Most importantly, you will need to include a personal statement that explains why you are so fearful of returning to your home country. You should give the reason you left and what you worry will happen to you if you return, using as much detail as you can remember. You may also add any relevant information the government should know about your home country and the people who live there, especially if this helps explain your fear of harm. If you have family or close friends who have experienced persecution as well, be sure to include their stories, too.
It is easy to see how stressful and complex applying for asylum can be, especially when you are being forced to revisit traumatic memories. Our Phoenix asylum lawyer wants to help you have the best chance at securing safety in the United States. He will assist with the completion of I-589 and ensure that no errors are made that put your approval in jeopardy. In addition, he can determine which supporting documents would be the strongest evidence for your case, as well as work alongside you to build the most persuasive personal statement possible.
Our Phoenix Asylum Lawyer Fights For You
No matter your background or current status, Ortega Law Group, LLC is committed to getting results for you. Our lead attorney, Isaac Ortega, has represented hundreds of clients in their immigration journey, so he is knowledgeable of the laws and any changes that affect them. He is fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese. Don’t wait to start your asylum process – call today for a free consultation!
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