Under the U.S. law, asylum may be granted to foreign nationals who are unable or unwilling to return to their home country because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution based on race, religion, political opinion, membership in a social group, sexual orientation, nationality. The persecution must be from the government or persons/organizations that foreign national is unable to control.
An individual seeking asylum in the U.S. shall prove past persecution or fear of future ones. If the person is currently in the U.S., in general, he, she or they e has 1 year to apply for asylum. The person can also apply for asylum at the port of entry, or from their home country.
The asylum status can be held indefinitely. However, work authorization must be renewed annually.
Certain actions may make a person ineligible for asylum. For example, some criminal convictions and terrorism-related activities.
The timeline of the procedure and documents to be prepared would depend on the individual situation. For this reason, it is important for the asylee to seek professional legal help in the early stages of the application process.
Karikari & Associates would be happy to review your individual situation and provide advice regarding whether or not you are eligible for asylum. If eligible, our team of experienced associates will gladly assist you with the preparation of all of the required documents and provide ongoing assistance during the process.
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