Seeking Political Asylum in the United States
About the Asylum Policy in the U.S.
There are many countries in the world in which certain racial, social,
political, religious or other affiliations are punished or mistreated.
This is an unfortunate fact. However, the United States does have an asylum
policy that allows refugees to move to the U.S. in order to avoid persecution
or justifiable fear of persecution in their home country. If you are allowed
asylum, you will be able to live and work in the U.S., and you can even pursue
permanent citizenship after a certain period of time.
Common situations that force citizens to seek asylum in the U.S. include:
- The torture and imprisonment of political undesirables
- Police firing into non-violent protests
- Genocide committed against a particular race
- The mistreatment of certain people based on their political beliefs
If you believe that you are eligible for refugee status, you should not
hesitate to speak with an Orange County immigration lawyer at The Law
Office of Bruce C. Bridgman as soon as possible. With our help, you may
be able to safely live and work in the United States without fear of being
forced to return to a country that is unwelcoming to you and/or your family.
Call now to learn more.
What constitutes persecution?
Not everyone is eligible for political asylum in the U.S. You must be able
to prove that you are incapable and unwilling to return to your home country
because you are fearful that the persecution, which was ongoing in the
past, will continue when you return.
You must also show that this persecution is related to one of the following:
- Political beliefs
- Social group involvement
Persecution based on one's political beliefs can be challenging to
prove. First, you will need to show that your political beliefs were clearly
established to the public. This could take the form of copies of dissertations
or video clips of you speaking at a political demonstration.
Social group involvement is perhaps the most difficult basis of persecution
to prove. A social group is loosely defined as a group sharing a characteristic
that is so fundamental it cannot be expected to change. Examples of such
groups include occupational organizations and homosexuals.
How Our Firm Can Help with Your Case
Your Orange County immigration attorney will work with you to show the
correlation between your persecution and your political beliefs or social
group involvement. For instance, if someone is mistreated because they
are gay or lesbian, this would relate to the persecution of someone based
on social group involvement. However, if someone is being continuously
harassed and beaten by a neighborhood criminal on the way home from work,
they may not be eligible for asylum in the U.S.
There must be a malicious intent related to one of the five grounds mentioned
above. Recently, the U.S. has also granted asylum based on gender-related
persecution, such as forced marriage, domestic abuse and female genital
mutilation. Once someone is granted political asylum or refugee status,
they will be allowed to stay and work in the U.S. indefinitely. For this
reason, you should not hesitate to find out how The Law Office of Bruce
C. Bridgman can help you with this process.
Am I eligible for asylum in the United States?
There are various conditions that you must meet in order to qualify as
a refugee and subsequently receive asylum. If you have questions or concerns
about your eligibility, a qualified immigration lawyer in Orange County,
CA can help you to determine the best course of action in your unique
case. As mentioned earlier, the application procedure can be confusing
if you are not familiar with the United States Citizenship and Immigration
Services (USCIS) or the laws regarding asylum and refugees.
Your safety and that of your family is important to you, and it should
be equally important to your attorney. When you work with a lawyer at
The Law Office of Bruce C. Bridgman, you will be able to receive the benefit of
years of experience and countless successful case results. Familiarity with the law, effectiveness and competence are very important in all
immigration cases – your lawyer will possess these qualities along with dedication
to providing you with excellent services.
If you are in need of qualified legal representation for your immigration
case, we encourage you to
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