Asylum

Asylum is available to foreigners who cannot return to their home as a result of various factors that can mean death. Because of the widespread violence affecting the lives of many people in foreign countries, many seek safety in the United States. This fear of violence prohibits them from returning back to their country of origin, making them a likely candidate for Asylum, Withholding Of Removal, or protection under Convention Against Torture (CAT).

The immigration law attorneys at Square Law Group are able to provide legal counsel in regards to an individual’s ability to apply for asylum. Contact us today to see if you qualify for any of the previously mentioned forms of asylum. You will want to act immediately to stop deportation proceedings.

Types of Asylum Available to Individuals and Families

1. Asylum – This protection is offered to individuals who can prove past persecution, or future persecution, based on:

  • Race

  • Religion

  • Nationality

  • Political Opinion

  • Membership in a Particular Group

The individual must file an application for asylum within one year after arriving in the states. If granted, the individual, along with his or her spouse and minor children, will be allowed to live and work within the United States.

Individuals will be eligible to apply for legal residency if they qualify for asylum.

2. Withholding of Removal – A Withholding of Removal is an order issued by an immigration judge that withholds deportation of an individual who can prove that there is more than a 50% chance that they will be persecuted in their home country.

It offers somewhat of the same protection asylum does with a few key differences:

  • There is no pathway to a green card or U.S. citizenship under a Withholding of Removal.

  • The individual must pay an annual renewal fee for employment authorization in order to maintain a legal right to work in the U.S.

  • The individual is eligible for some, not all, of the benefits granted to those under asylum.

  • The individual cannot leave the U.S., lest they be considered to have “self-deported”. The order of removal issued by the immigration judge will go into effect.

  • The government retains the right to deport the individual to another country other than the one indicated on the Withholding of Removal.

3. Convention Against Torture (CAT) – Like a Withholding of Removal, a Convention Against Torture must be issued out by an immigration judge. The applicant must prove that he or she will be tortured if they are removed from the U.S. and returned back to their country of origin.

For individuals seeking asylum through Withholding of Removal or CAT, an experienced immigration defense lawyer is essential to represent you as you meet with the immigration judge.

You deserve to live a life from persecution and the possibility of violence. Let our sympathetic team at Square Law Group provide you the aggressive immigration protection you deserve. Contact us today at (956) 518-9490 to find freedom from persecution.

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