Refuge and Asylum
Asylum and refuge provide protection for those who have a well-founded
fear of persecution in their country of origin. Many people refer to asylum
as "political asylum" although asylum is not solely granted
for political reasons. Generally, asylum is granted when you are currently
in the United States and certain time restrictions apply. Being a refugee,
however, is generally granted when you are outside the United States,
either by applying at certain United States Embassies or through
the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
To apply for asylum while inside the United States, contact an experienced
Orange County asylum attorney. The process requires proof of your well-founded
fear and an attorney can guide you through this complex process. Once
granted, asylees are given permission to work and may apply for a green card.
Eligibility for Asylum
To be eligible for asylum, you must prove that 1) you are unable to return
to your country of origin because you have a well-founded fear of either
past or future persecution; and that 2) your persecution is on account
of your race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social
group, or your political opinion. These five grounds can be further broken
down into sub-groups, such as sexual orientation, gender, and other minority groups.
What is Persecution?
There is no single definition for persecution, but individuals who fear
torture, rape, imprisonment, death, marginalization--among many other
situations--are considered acts of persecution if they are committed based
on the five grounds discussed earlier. Discuss your case with an experienced
Irvine immigration attorney.
Who may apply?
Any person inside the United States, regardless of legal status, may apply
for asylum so long as the request is timely. Have more questions about
obtaining asylum status? Contact the Law Office of Ashkan Yekrangi, P.C.
today or visit the
Asylum FAQ page.