Have you been persecuted in your home country due to your beliefs or what defines you as a person? Do you face a real threat of physical harm from groups or organizations within your home country? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then you may be able to file for asylum in the United States.
At Yekrangi & Associates in Tustin, we proudly stand up for the rights of asylum seekers. It is the goal of our asylum attorneys to do all we can to help as many people as we can find safety and security in our country. After all, the United States was founded on the belief that everyone deserves a safe place to call home, no matter their background.
For compassionate, experienced legal help while filing for asylum in Tustin, call (949) 478-4963.
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Not everyone can file for asylum in the United States. In fact, most immigrants cannot. Even people who are granted refugee status from a United States Embassy or the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) are not technically asylum seekers. The difference between an asylum seeker and a refugee being that an asylum seeker has already entered the country and a refugee has not.
Specifics regarding the definition of asylum and who can apply for it include but are not limited to:
- Unable to leave the U.S.: You must not be able to return to your home country due to the real and provable fear of persecution or harm.
- Basis for persecution: The persecution or harm you face must be inflicted upon you due to your race, religion, nationality, political beliefs, membership within a social group, sexual orientation, gender, and various other minority classifications.
- Types of persecution: The persecution you face must be considered significant, such as the threat of severe injury, torture, sexual assault, imprisonment, death, or political marginalization that effectively removes your rights as granted by your home country’s governing body.
How to File for Asylum in Tustin
Assuming that you are in Tustin, California as an undocumented immigrant, you do not have a chance to file for immediate asylum at a border checkpoint. Instead, you will need to file for asylum through the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). We highly recommend you attempt this process with the assistance of our asylum attorneys, who can act on your behalf when dealing with the USCIS and navigate you through the entire process.
To file for asylum as a noncitizen who is already in the U.S., you must:
- Wait one year since you first entered the country.
- Provide evidence that your home country will conduct or allow harmful persecution if you return.
- Show you belong to a class or group that faces persecution for what it is.
If your asylum filing is successful, you will have to complete an asylum interview with the USCIS. Our law firm is here to help you prepare for that interview and guide you through what will happen, increasing your chances of successfully filing for asylum.
Asylum Processes Can Be Lengthy – Do Not Give Up!
Please be aware that the entire asylum application process could take years due to the USCIS backlog of asylum applications. With our legal guidance, support, and representation, we hope you will see that it is worth going through asylum channels and not give up on your dream of living in the United States, possibly becoming a lawful permanent resident later on.
The USCIS will not give you an interpreter if you need one. You must provide one yourself, which is another service Yekrangi & Associates in Tustin offers. Our services are available in English, Spanish, Farsi, and Mandarin.