Immigration | Visas | Asylum
Individuals who have been persecuted or have a fear of future persecution in their home country based on one of the above-mentioned grounds and who are physically present in the United States may be eligible for asylum. In most cases, the individual must file his/her asylum application within one year of arriving in the U.S. In certain cases, if an individual can show that he or she has experienced changed circumstances or extraordinary circumstances resulting in his or her failure to apply for asylum within one year of arrival, the one year deadline may be waived. Candidates for asylum in the U.S. who live or intend to live in Northern Virginia or the Washington, D.C. area, are invited to contact Cape Immigration Law Group, PLLC.
Legal Criteria for Asylum
United States law prohibits returning an individual to a country in which his or her life or freedom would be threatened on account of the individual's:
- Membership in a particular social group and/or
- Political opinion.
If you meet the above criteria, and are not in removal proceedings, you may be eligible to file an affirmative asylum application through U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. If you are in removal proceedings, you may be able to present a defensive application that is heard exclusively by the immigration judge.
Individuals who are granted asylum not only receive the protection of the U.S., but also receive work authorization and a pathway to citizenship.
Contact a Northern Virginia Asylum Attorney
If you are granted asylum, you will receive the right to live in the U.S., along with work authorization, providing a pathway to a green card and ultimately, U.S. citizenship. If you need help applying for asylum, contact a lawyer at the Alexandria office of Cape Immigration Law Group, PLLC.