Applications for Asylum

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The attorneys at American Dream Law Office PLLC: Your American Dream Law Office have helped several individuals gain their permanent residence through asylum petitions. Attorney Ahmad Yakzan has represented several high profile individuals before United States citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) affirmative petitions and before the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) in defensive applications or after the petition was referred to EOIR.

What is asylum?

Asylum is the process under which an individuals who fears returning to his home country receives protection under United States law. To gain such protection, a person must apply for asylum, by using for I-589 with the Service, or if in removal proceedings, before the immigration court with jurisdiction. An individual may apply for asylum if he faces persecution in his country based on 1) Race, 2) Religion, 3) Nationality, 4) Membership in a particular group, or 5) political opinion. The individual must show that there is a relationship between his persecution and at least one protected ground.

What is Past Persecution or Fear of Future Persecution?

Persecution is mistreatment based on one of the abovementioned grounds of asylum. Past persecution refers to the fact that the applicant has experienced mistreatment based on one of these grounds. Fear of future persecution refers to the fear that one would experience mistreatment or threats if they return to their country. A person may show past persecution by simply showing that he is a member of a class that has been historically persecuted in his country.

What is Firm Resettlement?

An applicant that has firmly resettled in another country before coming to the United States is ineligible for asylum in the United States. Firm resettlement refers to the idea that someone has established a life in another country other than the one in which he fears persecution. An offer of permanent residence in another country bars an application in the United States. Attorney Ahmad Yakzan has successfully represented several individuals with potential firm resettlement bars to eligibility (please note that the results in your case may vary). Call us today for a consultation regarding your eligibility.

What Should You do if You are a Citizen of More than One Country?

If you are a citizen of more than one country, you must show that you fear persecution in each country of citizenship.

What kind of things allow me to apply for Asylum?

Attorney Ahmad Yakzan has represented several individuals apply for asylum. The following are examples of things that you might use to apply for asylum in the United States:

  • Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
  • Domestic Violence
  • Religion or Atheism
  • Membership in a class of individuals that has been historically persecuted (i.e. Guatemalan women)
  • Gang Membership
  • Membership in an opposition political party

Call us today for a consultation and a full study of your case.