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Seeking Asylum in the United States of America

Seeking Asylum in the United States of America

Every year, thousands of people from all over the world come to the United States seeking some sort of protection, or asylum.  These people fear that they may suffer persecution, or may have already suffered persecution, based on their race, religion, nationality, social orientation, or even political opinion.

The Asylum Application Process

Any person seeking asylum in the United States holds the burden to prove that he or she meets the criteria for such a status.  There are two specific ways in which a person may apply for asylum, affirmative process and defensive process.  Both of these processes require that the asylum-seeker be physically present in the United States.  The main difference is that affirmative asylum is for an individual who is seeking asylum and is not in removal proceedings, while defensive asylum is for an individual who is already in removal proceedings.

The Benefits of Asylum

An individual who is granted asylum can be authorized to work in the U.S., could apply for a social security card, and may even be able to petition to bring family over to the United States from their country of origin.  They also may be eligible for certain refugee benefits such as Medicaid or Refugee Medical Assistance.  After one full year, an aslyee may be eligible to apply for a green card.  Once the asylee is granted permanent resident status, he or she may have the opportunity to apply for citizenship after four years.

If you are interested in learning more about asylum, and/or if you need legal counsel to assist you in your asylum application process, please contact an experienced immigration attorney who can assess your situation and provide you with assistance.

John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. If you have any questions regarding these matters, please contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C. and obtain your initial consultation.

What resources are there for US immigrants?

What resources are there for US immigrants?

Many people come to the United States and are unsure of what resources there are that can help them adjust to their new life here, which can be quite overwhelming for some. The National Immigrant Justice Center works to provide services that protect the rights of those who have come to the United States as an immigrant, as a refugee or as someone seeking asylum from their native country. NIJC works with attorneys to ensure that over 10,000 people each year are protected from returning to countries that are unsafe for reasons that may include civil unrest, famine, natural disasters, human trafficking, and persecution.

Though unfortunate, many immigrants, refugees, and those seeking asylum are not aware that there are resources that are there to help them when they are trying to make their new lives in America. They can provide you with an attorney who can assist you in your case. Additionally, they have information about what you should do in the event that immigration services conducts a raid that can have the potential to tear a family apart. One of the most prevalent messages that immigrant resource centers provide is that they want everyone to be aware of their rights.

If you require information about who can help you throughout your immigration process whether you are just relocating or seeking asylum, you should speak with an experienced immigration attorney or visit an immigration resource center.

John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. If you have any questions regarding these matters, please contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C. and obtain your initial consultation.

Who is eligible to apply for asylum?

  • Individuals leaving another country who are in fear of their safety are eligible to apply for asylum.
  • If they have been abused in their home country then their asylum application will be much stronger.

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