Are you currently facing persecution or fear of persecution in your country of origin? You may be eligible able to apply for asylum in the U.S. The international definition of a “Refugee,” which the United States adopted, is- a person outside his or her country of nationality who is unable or unwilling to return there because of a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.
Asylum is offered to individuals who fear for their safety as a result of persecution based on protected statuses. At Arnaout Immigration Law Firm, we are dedicated to helping you seek safety in the United States, away from the danger you fear in your home country.
Under U.S. law, an “Asylee” is a person who otherwise meets the refugee definition but who is either at the border or within U.S. territory. Persecution is the infliction of harm or suffering. Not all harm rises to the level of persecution. In general, however, the more severe the harm, the more likely a court will find persecution. Harm could be in the form of physical, psychological or economic, but should be always be looked at cumulatively. The harm could have been inflicted in the past, or be feared in the future.
With limited exceptions, an applicant will not be eligible for asylum unless it is demonstrated that the application for asylum was filed within one year of the foreign national’s last arrival in the United States. Asylum is a discretionary remedy that may be denied if the applicant does not merit a favorable exercise of discretion on the part of the adjudicator. Refugees and Asylees eventually would be eligible for permanent residency and, ultimately, for citizenship, if they qualified. The spouse and minor children of Refugees and Asylees would also be eligible for permanent residency and, ultimately, for citizenship, if they qualified.
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Temporary Protected status was established to allow qualifying foreign individuals to stay in the U.S. on a temporary basis. Unlike asylum status, TPS does not allow for permanent resident status in the future. Instead, it allows an individual to stay for a designated period of time, depending on the exact circumstances. We can assist you to determine if you qualify for TPS and how to go about the application.
In 1990, the United States enacted a temporary protected status (TPS) provision, which permits the Attorney General (AG) to grant temporary safe haven in the United States to foreign nationals.
TPS is only granted to individuals already in the United States, usually to individuals present in the United States on the date the designation is made by the AG. It is generally not available to individuals who arrive after the date of initial designation.
Seeking asylum on your own can be very difficult and requires the assistance of a caring and knowledgeable immigration attorney. Our Los Angeles immigration attorney is dedicated to protecting your rights and helping you every step of the way to gaining asylum. We can assist you with your initial paperwork to avoid mistakes, prepare you for upcoming interviews, and file an appeal if it is denied.