Karam Law proudly and diligently represents hundreds of asylum seekers inside the U.S. An alien who is present in the U.S. or arrives at its border may apply for asylum if that alien qualifies as a refugee. The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) defines a refugee as “any person who is outside any country of such person’s nationality or any country in which such person last habitually resided, and who is unable or unwilling to return to, and is unable or unwilling to avail himself or herself of the protection of that country 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.”
Asylum can provide relief from removal or deportation of inadmissible aliens, as well as the removal of aliens already present in the U.S. A grant of asylum may lead to permanent residence and eventually citizenship in the U.S.
An asylum seeker must file for asylum within one year after arrival in the U.S., may qualify for employment authorization 150 days following receipt of the asylum application by the BCIS, and may be permanently ineligible for any immigration benefits if he or she knowingly files a frivolous application for asylum.
For more information about applying for asylum in the United States generally, please see the Asylum page on the USCIS Web site.
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