People suffer from great prejudice of all forms every day all around the world. The United Sates recognizes the right of asylum and the Law Firm of Shihab & Associates, Co., LPA can help those in need who qualify for asylum contact us today. Immigrants can come to the United States seeking protection from persecution due to race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, and/or political opinion.
Last month, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the United States will increase its limit of refugees to 85,000 in 2016 and again in 2017 to 100,000. This likely has to do with the demand coming from Syria and other middle-eastern nations in search of refuge given current events.
If you recently moved into the United Sates and are eligible for asylum, you may be permitted to stay in the United States. To apply for Asylum, you must file a Form I-589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal within one year of your arrival to the United States. Applying for asylum does not require a fee.
Once entering the United Sates under asylum, you must wait 150 days after you filed your complete asylum application to apply for employment authorization in the U.S. and only if no decision has been made regarding your application. Once granted asylum you can work without an Employment Authorization Document (EAD), but you may deem it necessary to acquire an EAD for identification or convenience purposes. In order to obtain an EAD, you must fill out an I-765 application.
Also, once granted asylum, you can bring your immediate family members (spouse and un-married children under the age of 21) to the United States by filling out an I-730 petition. The form must be filled out within two years of the petitioner being granted asylum. Like the I-589, this form does not require a fee.
Permanent resident status (Green Card) can also be obtained once granted asylum in the United States via the filling out of an I-485 application. It only takes one year of waiting after being granted asylum in the United States to apply for your Green Card, but if you no longer meet the definition of an asylee due to changed circumstances in your home country, you will no longer be eligible to apply for such status. The Law Firm of Shihab & Associates, Co., LPA has dealt with these cases extensively.
According to Attorney Shihab, if you belong to a minority group in one of the troubled areas as a Shiite in Syria or a Sunni in the Shiite Iraq you qualify for asylum. Many other minority groups are entitled to asylum, such as Egyptian Copts, Israeli Arabs, Turkish Kurds, Palestinian Jordanians, Algerian Berbers, Saudi Shia Muslims, Assyrian Christians, Turkmens and Yazidis — who are facing increasing hostility at the hands of extremist groups and even government bodies.
Another group of people who are entitled to asylum are individuals who worked with overthrown regimes. However, you must be present in the United Sates in order to apply for asylum. If you belong to one of these groups or if you are being persecuted on account of your race, religion, political opinion, national origin or sexual orientation, the Law Firm of Shihab & Associates, Co., LPA has more than half a century in combined experience advancing the cause of immigrants worldwide. If you believe you may qualify for asylum, contact us for a consultation.