Asylum

White Plains Asylum Attorney

The United States has welcomed people from around the world who are in fear of being persecuted, tortured or killed in their own countries. A grant of asylum offers a safe place for you and your family when you live in fear of persecution in your own country.

People already in the United States, who fear being persecuted if they return to their home country, may be eligible to apply for asylum. A person who lives outside of the United States and has the same fear of persecution would apply for refugee status, not a grant of asylum.

We Can Help You If You Are Seeking Political Asylum

The United States immigration laws, and the international treaties to which the United States adheres, are very complicated. In most situations, successfully proving an asylum case requires the legal guidance that an experienced immigration lawyer provides. What you must prove is that you fear persecution based upon your:

  • Race
  • Religion
  • Nationality
  • Political opinion
  • Membership in a particular social group

This last category recognizes that people are not always persecuted for one of the other, more straightforward reasons listed. Throughout the years, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS), the immigration judges and the federal courts have developed and determined whom this category includes. And, as a country’s leadership changes, so do the groups being persecuted and terrorized. Asylum law evolves to protect the victims of today and tomorrow.

Additionally, you must show that the government is unwilling or unable to protect you and that your fear is “credible” — that it is a reasonable fear among people in the same category, as listed above, as you are in. Your credibility — will the government believe you about what happened? — is the most important factor in whether your case will be successful.

Proving your case requires substantial documentation, which can be difficult to obtain. Therefore, it will be very important that you give us full, accurate and detailed information about your experiences.

We recognize that having to recall the traumatic events that caused you to flee your home can be very upsetting and difficult. We will do everything possible to help you tell your personal story in the least painful way possible for you, including working with your therapist or doctor. However, this personal story is essential to the success of your asylum application.

Our firm also has access to millions of resources on the conditions in every country and the United States Department of State’s reports on individual countries. When documenting your application, we are able to back up your personal story with the news and information about what is going on in your country.

The international Convention Against Torture, known as “the CAT,” provides another way to obtain legal status in the United States. If we determine that you are not eligible for asylum we will advise you of other options such as withholding of removal, temporary protected status or deferred enforced departure which might be available to you.

You Do Not Need To Be Afraid To Talk To Us — We Understand What You Have Been Through

Our attorney will work with you to make the application process as comfortable as possible for you. If you are in removal or deportation proceedings, we will make a good-faith asylum application a central part of your deportation defense. We are located in White Plains, New York, and serve clients throughout the state of New York.

Call 914-919-9030 or send an email to learn how the Law Office of Craig Relles can be of assistance.

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