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How to Obtain Protection from a U.S. Embassy or Consulate

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If you are in danger in your home country and you fear persecution, but you are unable to flee, you may be able to get assistance through the U.S. embassy or consulate. Our Orange County immigration attorneys explain how U.S. embassies and consulates can help you when you fear for the safety of you and your family.

Can I Apply for Asylum at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate?

Unfortunately, you cannot apply for asylum at the U.S. embassy or consulate. Asylum is a form of legal protection for certain individuals who fear persecution based on their race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular group, or political opinion. The only way to apply for asylum is by being physically present in the United States (at the border or another point of entry).

Many people believe that U.S embassies and consulates are considered the same as “U.S. soil.” However, entering a U.S. embassy or consulate doesn’t make you “physically present” in the United States.

Can the U.S Embassy or Consulate Help Me?

Yes, even though you can’t apply for asylum at a U.S. embassy or consulate, they can still help you seek refuge. In extreme or exceptional cases, U.S. embassies and consulates can offer alternative forms of protection. They may be able to provide you with temporary refuge, refer you to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, or request parole to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

What If I Am Physically Present in the United States?

If you are already physically present in the United States, you have up to one year to apply for asylum after entering the United States. Seeking protection through asylum requires that you present evidence on why you fear persecution in your home country. Our team at Yekrangi & Associates can help you through the asylum process. We have the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to help you from start to finish.

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