Southern California Immigration Lawyer: Asylum and Refugee Status
The United States of America has traditionally opened its arms to victims of religious and political persecution. At U.S. Law Center, our attorneys provide vigorous representation to clients pursuing asylum and refugee status as the result of those and other types of persecution.
Eligibility for asylum or refugee status
To be entitled to asylum in the United States, a refugee must show a well-founded fear of persecution based on race, nationality, religion, membership in a particular social group, identification with a particular social group, or political opinion if the refugee returns to his or her country of origin.
It is extremely important to apply for refugee status as soon as possible after arriving in the United States. The petition must be completed meticulously. An error, omission or misstatement may result in a processing delay and possible removal. If the application is not filed within one year of entering the U.S., the applicant must show extraordinary circumstances or change in circumstances in his or her home country, a more difficult process.
After attaining asylum status, the refugee must remain in the United States for one year before filing asylee form I-485, the application for permanent residency status adjustment.
If a refugee has as a long-term goal achieving of U.S. citizenship, our attorneys will discuss an appropriate strategy.
If you would like to speak with one of our lawyers about asylum or refugee status, or have another question about our immigration law practice, please e-mail or call our Orange County (714.602.5681) or Riverside County (951.808.5342) office to arrange a free consultation. Evening and weekend appointments are available. Our fees are competitive and we accept credit cards. Se habla español.