Houston Asylum Lawyer
Asylum In The United States
There are two ways to apply for asylum. If the asylum applicant is inside the United States and not subject to removal proceedings, the applicant may file an asylum application with the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS). If the applicant is in removal proceedings, or the USCIS declines to adjudicate the application, the applicant may apply for asylum before an immigration judge.
The applicant must apply for asylum within one year of entry, unless the applicant can show changed circumstances or exceptional circumstances. An applicant for asylum is ineligible for asylum protection if:
- the applicant participated in persecution of others because of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion;
- the applicant has been convicted of a particularly serious crime in the United States constituting a danger to the community;
- the applicant has committed a serious non-political crime outside the United States;
- the applicant is deemed a danger to the security of the United States;
- the applicant is not admissible based on terrorism-related grounds;
- the applicant has firmly resettled in another country prior to arrival; or
- the applicant has been convicted of an aggravated felony as defined by immigration law.
Asylum For Family Members
Applicants granted asylum may request derivative asylum status for their spouses and children. A person may apply for lawful permanent resident status in the United States after one (1) year of being granted asylum status.
Contact Us For Help With Complex Immigration Matters
Immigration law is often compared to tax law in its complexity. Do not struggle alone with complicated state and federal immigration laws and the varying immigration laws of other countries.
Salinas Law Firm has helped hundreds of individuals, families and businesses resolve their immigration law challenges. Contact our firm if you have any questions regarding immigration law, including questions relating to naturalization, deportation, permanent visas, working in the United States, traveling abroad or employer compliance. Houston immigration and naturalization attorney Alberto Salinas can be reached at 713.518.1711 or via email.
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