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Asylum Attorney in New York City

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In 2018, 25,439 people were granted asylum affirmatively by the US Department of Homeland Security (USDHS). If you are seeking asylum, we are committed to helping you do so legally, safely and effectively. Our asylum lawyers want the best for you and are compassionate to your circumstances. As such, we will do everything it takes to help you obtain the protection you deserve.

What is asylum, exactly? An asylum seeker is a person who seeks international protection because they have suffered persecution or fear that they will suffer persecution due to reasons including but not necessarily limited to:

  • Race
  • Religion
  • Nationality
  • Membership in a particular social group
  • Political opinion

Those seeking asylum already live in the US or are seeking entrance into the US. Asylees may apply for a green card status one year after they receive asylum.

Refugee vs. Asylee

According to the USDHS, “A refugee is a person outside his or her country of nationality who is unable or unwilling to return to his or her country of nationality because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. An asylee is a person who meets the definition of refugee and is already present in the United States or is seeking admission at a port of entry.”

Refugees must apply for green card status one year after being admitted, and asylees have the option to apply for green card status one year after they’re granted asylum. Our asylum attorney can help you properly apply for a green card and help guide you through the application process to avoid any mistakes that could lead to unintended consequences (denial). Any minor error could cost you your acceptance status.

If you are an asylum seeker pursuing US protection, contact us online for dedicated legal counsel.

Barriers to Asylum Protection

Applying for asylum is complicated enough, but various obstacles must be addressed and confronted to better understand what lies ahead: Preparedness is key. Luckily, our asylum lawyer is not only prepared, but has the legal insight and skill needed to better help you secure protection.

Some issues associated with asylum protection include:

  • Expedited Removal Process: Asylees coming to the US without proper documentation or with fraudulent documentation can be returned to their countries of origin immediately, and without the immigration court removal hearings, unless they prove a credible fear of persecution or torture.
  • Third-Country Transit Bar: As of 2019, those seeking asylum at the US-southern border must apply for asylum in at least one country they enter while on their journey to the US.
  • CBP and USCIS agreement: When asylees come to the US, they are entitled to a credible or reasonable fear interview (CFI/RFI) with a trained asylum officer from US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Since 2019, however, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) made an agreement with USCIS to allow CBP officials to conduct credible or reasonable fear interviews. These sensitive and emotional interviews require specialized skills and training. Since CBP does not obtain that training, but rather enforcement training, they can deport asylum seekers based on how the CFI interview goes. If CBP officials aren’t trained properly, then they don’t know what qualities make a person “deportable” or not.

Call Our New York City Asylum Lawyer for 24/7 Support at (646) 770-0989!

We want what’s best for you. Knowing how confusing, stressful and overwhelming asylum applications can be, we prioritize effective client communication; you can trust us to explain all your legal options carefully and thoroughly. Not to mention, we will stand by your side and advocate tirelessly for your success. Our goal is to protect your legal rights, help you complete the process efficiently and enjoy protection on US soil.

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