Asylum and its related forms of relief, withholding of removal and protection under the international Convention Against Torture, are among the most complex areas of immigration law. As a general matter, a person can apply for asylum if she has a well-founded fear of persecution because of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. Whether a person has a viable claim for asylum depends on the particular facts of her case, and on the applicable statutes, regulations and court rulings, of which there are many. Generally, a person can apply for asylum with USCIS or, if she has been placed in removal proceedings, with the Immigration Court. Because the standard for being granted asylum is very high, it is especially important that your asylum application is well prepared with appropriate supporting evidence before it is filed.
In addition to being one of the most complex areas of immigration law, asylum and its related forms of relief are some of the most abused by unscrupulous individuals, such as many notarios, who seek to take advantage of immigrants. These individuals often promise immigrants a “green card” or a work permit. However, all too often and unbeknownst to the client the notarios will file poorly prepared asylum applications which end up harming immigrants instead of helping. For these reasons, it is recommended that you consult with an immigration attorney prior to filing any applications for immigration relief, including asylum.
Call the Franco Law Group today to schedule an appointment to discuss your particular asylum case. Our attorneys will meet with you in person to discuss your case at length to ensure that your asylum application is well researched, well prepared, and well argued before USCIS or the Immigration Court.