Who is Eligible to Apply for Asylum?

Asylum is a very complicated area of immigration law. Generally speaking, those individuals who leave another country in fear of their safety, are eligible to apply for asylum. If they’re in fear of their political opinion, membership in a particular social group, gender, etc. or if they have been abused in the past in their home country, obviously their asylum application here in the United States will be much stronger.

In the event that you are granted asylum you are allowed to petition, within two years of the grant, to bring your spouse or children that are under the age of 21 and are not married to the United States. When you apply for asylum in the United States, you may also apply for employment authorization as long as 150 days have passed after your asylum application has been completed but before a decision has been made on your application.

This is very limited information I’m providing. Asylum law has become very complicated, especially with the issues of a particular social group. I would highly recommend that you contact a very experienced immigration attorney to discuss any potential asylum claims.

John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Milwaukee and Green Bay Wisconsin. Contact an experienced attorney to set up an initial consultation and get any questions answered regarding your specific case. 

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