If you are seeking refuge from religious, political, or racial persecution, you may be able to claim asylum in the United States. Asylum applications can be made through United State Citizenship and Immigration Services or the Executive Office for Immigration Review (the immigration court). However, these are extremely difficult applications that are closely scrutinized. If you are hoping to gain asylum in the U.S., you will need experienced representation.


Who is eligible for asylum?

If you have a well-founded fear of returning to your home country because of fear you will be persecuted, you may be eligible to claim asylum. This persecution can be based on religion, political opinion, nationality, race, or membership in a particular social group. Asylum applications must be filed, in most cases, within a year of the alien entering the US. The exception to this is where the cause of the fear arose later on. For example, if the government of your home country was recently overthrown, and is now persecuting people of your religion, you may be able to file an asylum application even if you have been in the U.S. for longer than one year.


What are my chances of gaining asylum?

As mentioned above, it is extremely difficult for an individual to gain asylum in the U.S. At Thomas N. Toscano and Associates, we are extremely lucky to have a paralegal, Ruth Shalom who evaluated Asylum claims for USCIA before coming to work with us. We have a wealth of knowledge to draw on as we research the likelihood of a successful asylum application. We will educate you about the process, and allow you to make the decision of whether to proceed with an asylum application. Please call today to discuss whether an application for Asylum is right for you.

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