Asylum Attorneys in New Bern
Nationwide Representation From Craven County
Asylum is a protection afforded to individuals who are fleeing abuse, persecution, or unsafe conditions in their home country. Asylum seekers will have to meet certain requirements to be eligible for asylum status.
At The E.A. Wood Law Firm, we represent individuals who have arrived at the U.S. specifically seeking asylum as well as those who have been found in the U.S. illegally but have a legitimate fear of returning to their native country. Asylum can be an effective deportation defense in these situations. Our asylum attorneys in New Bern can assist immigrants around the country.
Asylum Eligibility Requirements
Unfortunately, many people who have a legitimate reason to fear harm in their country do not qualify for protection under asylum.
To qualify for asylum status, you must prove that you fear persecution based on:
- Political opinion
- Membership in a certain social group
Suffering harassment alone is not enough to qualify for asylum. You must be able to show that you fear serious harm or a threat to your life. If you have not actually suffered harm, you may still qualify for political asylum or refugee status.
Traveling with Asylum Status in the U.S.
If you have asylum status in the United States, you are able to travel abroad after receiving approval from the DHS through a refugee travel document. This travel document is valid for one year and serves as your passport for both leaving and returning to the United States.
Asylum vs. Refugee Status
One primary difference between seeking asylum and seeking refugee status is the location from where you make your request. Asylum seekers must be present at the U.S. border or already in the United States. Those seeking refugee status make their request from outside the U.S.
Obtain a Green Card After Asylum Approval
It's important to know that an asylum approval does not automatically grant you permanent resident status in the United States. Asylees are subject to certain restrictions when traveling outside the United States, and one's asylum status can be discontinued.
Asylees wishing to obtain permanent residency status and obtain a Green Card will need to wait at least one year after their asylum status is approved. They can then apply for an adjustment of status, which typically takes at least four months to be approved. Asylum applicants must meet the same requirements of any other green card applicant, and additionally must not have had their grant of asylum terminated.
Understanding the Asylum Application Process
Applying for asylum can be a complex and daunting process, but our experienced attorneys at E.A. Wood Law Firm are here to guide you through every step. From gathering the necessary documentation to preparing for interviews and hearings, we provide comprehensive support to ensure a smooth and successful application process.
Key aspects of the asylum application process include:
- Evaluating eligibility and determining the best course of action
- Completing and submitting Form I-589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal
- Preparing for an interview with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
- Attending a hearing before an immigration judge, if necessary
- Understanding the rights and protections available to asylum seekers
With our dedicated legal team by your side, you can navigate the complexities of the asylum application process with confidence. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards securing asylum in the United States.
Work With The E.A. Wood Law Firm
Our immigration attorneys in New Bern are passionate about helping and protecting people around the world who are unsafe in their current conditions. We strive to ensure that these people receive the protections they need and deserve. With our help, you can present a strong argument as to why you are eligible for asylum in the U.S.
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Permanent Residence Card Obtained Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals to Lawful Permanent Resident to Citizenship
One of our DACA clients later applied and received his lawful permanent residence card and just recently became a U.S. Citizen.
Extension of E2 Visa Approved Employment Visas
A manufacturer in Eastern North Carolina needed help with one of their key employees from Germany. They required an extension of their E2 visa.
Obtained Citizenship Naturalization
We worked with the client to improve their reading and writing in English. After several months they were able to re-take the civics test and passed.
Removal Proceedings Terminated Removal Proceedings
Judge agreed with our opinion and terminated her removal proceedings. This allowed us to apply for her lawful permanent residence card. We are happy to report that she received her card in January 2019.
Permanent Residence Card Obtained Violence Against Women Act
We were able to assist him in getting his lawful permanent residence card and in 5 years he will be able to apply for citizenship.