Asylum and Removal

You and your family may qualify for asylum if you had suffered past persecution or has a “well-founded fear of persecution” on account of your race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. Most asylum applications must be submitted within a year of arriving in the country, unless you can show changed circumstances or extraordinary circumstances that prevented you from applying for asylum and that you filed the application within a “reasonable time” after the changed or extraordinary circumstances.

Changed circumstances include:

  • Changes in the country’s conditions,
  • Applicant’s own circumstances,
  • Applicant’s status as a dependent on another asylum application, or
  • Other issues that our office can help you determine

Extraordinary circumstances include:

  • Serious illness or mental or physical disability,
  • Legal disability,
  • Ineffective assistance of counsel,
  • Maintenance of lawful status,
  • Death or serious illness of the applicant’s legal representative or immediate family member, or
  • Other issues that our office can help you determine

It is important to remember that there is a long wait associated with this process. The current wait time is about three years for an interview. But the application would give you an authorized period of stay while your asylum application is pending with USCIS and subsequently, the immigration court.

Our firm can help you determine whether the facts of your case is strong enough for changed or extraordinary circumstances and whether you are filing your application after a reasonable amount of time. The category may be broader than you think, so it is important to consult an attorney before disregarding your case.

We will file a “bare-boned” asylum and withholding of removal application for you to get you in the waiting queue. Then, we research for supporting documentation to get everything ready for your interview date. Should the immigration officer deny your asylum application, we then file the same asylum application (with supplements if necessary) with the immigration judge. Most importantly, we are always available to provide the mental and emotional support needed during this uncertain time for our asylum clients.