Philadelphia Asylum Immigration Lawyer
Fleeing one’s home to escape persecution is an all too familiar narrative throughout history. In fact, our great nation’s origins are firmly rooted in the results of this reality. So it should come as no surprise that our government has a particular legal infrastructure designed to accommodate persons fleeing persecution who hope to find safety in America. Those being persecuted or fearing persecution on the basis of race, religion, gender, political beliefs, or membership in a particular social group can find protection and respite here in the U.S. via Asylum. However, the promise of freedom and safety is limited by the stern realities of our legal system. The complexities of our law can prove to be yet another significant obstacle for those who desperately need our help and accommodation. Therefore, those seeking asylum should retain counsel immediately in order to help them navigate legal waters upon reaching our shores.
When to Apply for Asylum
It is paramount that you file for asylum within one year of arriving in the United States. Unfortunately, this rule is among the stern realities of our legal system mentioned above, and few exceptions will be made. These few exceptions include serious illness and certain unavoidable and/or urgent scenarios, such as recent change in your home country’s political climate. If you are nearing or have already passed this deadline, please contact The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. immediately. We can help you to preserve the ability to file for asylum, but we must act quickly.
Your application for asylum may include your spouse, as well as any unmarried children you have under the age of 21 who also currently reside within the United States. Once you have filed your application, removal is unlikely for you and those you have included until your application has been fully adjudicated.
Obviously, in some circumstances, asylum will not be granted. If you do not qualify, but have a legitimate fear that you may face torture upon return to your home nation, you may apply to stay in the United States by other means, specifically through the United Nations Convention Against Torture (CAT). This is a more difficult process than applying for asylum, but it can nevertheless prove successful with the assistance of experienced immigration counsel.
The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. can help you get started in your new life by guiding you through the application process. Additionally, we can help you to obtain appropriate employment authorization documentation while waiting. Once granted asylum, you will be able to work unencumbered. We can also help you to apply for a green card – which you may be eligible for as soon as one year after being granted asylum. You should definitely consider applying for a green card when eligible, because a green card will make you a permanent resident, and protect your rights as such in the United States. If you continue to rely on asylum alone, it is possible that you will be forced to leave once conditions in your home country improve. Let us help you with your immigration needs. Call The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. today.
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