Am I Eligible for Asylum?

Asylum status is a form of protection available to people who meet the definition of a refugee. That is, under United States Immigrations Laws, this status may be granted to people outside of their country who are unable or unwilling to return home because they have been persecuted or fear they will be persecuted on account of race, religion, nationality, or membership in a particular social group or political opinion. However, receiving asylum status may be complicated, as you must have sufficient proof for your case. If you are seeking asylum status, continue reading to learn if you are eligible and how an experienced asylum immigration lawyer in Milwaukee, WI of Sesini Law Group, S.C., can guide you through the application process.

How can I obtain asylum status in the United States?

One way you can seek asylum status in the United States is through the affirmative asylum process. Using this approach, you must be physically present in the United States and not involved in any removal proceedings. Also, you must apply for asylum within one year of the date of your arrival in the United States.

The other option is the defensive asylum process. This is used if you are facing removal proceedings and request asylum as a defense against being deported. You, your attorney, and the United States Government will discuss whether you qualify for asylum and whether you should be removed from the United States or not. While the immigration judge does have the right to decide whether you will be deported or not, you also have the right to appeal their decision.

How do I know if I am ineligible for asylum status in the United States?

As mentioned before, asylum status is difficult to obtain. The following are some examples of circumstances that would make you ineligible:

  • If you were convicted of certain serious crimes, generally involving drugs or violence.
  • If you have taken part in the persecution of another person due to their race, nationality, religion, and other guaranteed freedoms.
  • If it is proven that you resettled in another country before arriving in the United States.
  • If you were convicted of a serious nonpolitical crime outside of the United States.
  • If you are determined to pose a danger to the security of the United States.

If you need any further assistance with the asylum application process, do not hesitate in reaching out to one of the skilled Wisconsin immigration attorneys today.

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John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. Our firm understands what is at stake when it comes to immigration law matters, which is why if you have any questions, you should not hesitate to contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C., and schedule your initial consultation with our firm today.

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