What is asylum?

Around the world, there are troublesome situations that can cause person and their family to need to flee from their home country. The United Staes allows people who are seeking asylum to apply for a visa that would allow them to stay within the country for a certain period of time. People who are eligible for asylum must prove that if they go back to their home country, they will be subject to persecution due to their religion, political opinions, race, nationality, or affiliation with a specific social group. Those who wish to apply for asylum will not have to pay any application fees.

If you are granted asylum in the United States, you do not have to apply for permission to work and may begin working immediately. Some people choose to obtain employment authorization documents just as an added layer of identification, but it is not necessary.

If you have been granted asylum and wish to apply for a Green Card, you can do so one year after your asylum has been granted. Many people wish to bring their families over to the United States with them when seeking asylum. A person is allowed to petition for their spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 to come to the United States only after they have already been granted asylum.

If you are considering applying for asylum status and have questions regarding your matter, it is important that you contact an experienced immigration law attorney who can assist you.

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.

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