Many people from around the world seek refuge here in the United States. If you are someone fleeing from some sort of persecution, you’re most likely looking to apply for asylum. Read on and contact a Baltimore County, Maryland asylum lawyer from Sheri Hoidra Law Office, LLC to learn more about asylum in the United States, whether you may qualify, and how our legal team can effectively guide you through the process.
Baltimore County, Maryland Lawyer Helping Clients Seeking Asylum
Over the years, our firm has helped many clients who’ve faced frightening, life-threatening situations in their home countries through the asylum process. Seeking asylum is often an emotional and complex ordeal, which is why anyone seeking asylum shouldn’t proceed without a knowledgeable Baltimore County, Maryland immigration lawyer. Sheri Hoidra, Esq. is committed to each client in search of a better life here in the U.S.
How Do I Apply for Asylum?
First, you should understand that the application process differs, depending on whether a person was detained or not. If you were detained, you will apply for asylum “defensively” to prevent your removal from the United States. If you were not detained, you will apply “affirmatively” before USCIS.
When applying affirmatively, you will file Form I-589. Our firm can help ensure you do so correctly. In this Form, we will outline who you are and your reasoning for applying for asylum. You must then submit your fingerprints and attend an interview with a USCIS officer. You, along with your Baltimore County, Maryland asylum lawyer will have to state your reasoning for requesting asylum status. To qualify, you must prove that you are either a victim of persecution or have good reason to fear future persecution on the basis of your:
- Political opinion
- Membership in a social group
As long as the officer grants you asylum, you will receive a letter telling you to return to the Asylum Office, where you will officially be granted an asylee.
What Happens if I’m Denied Asylum?
Unfortunately, not all requests for asylum are approved. If your request is rejected, you and your attorney will take your case to the Immigration Court, wherein the court will determine whether you qualify for asylum. If the court determines a person doesn’t qualify, they will most likely be deported.
Can I Get a Green Card through Asylum?
Often, when someone has maintained asylee status and remained here in the United States for at least one year, they will be eligible to receive a green card. Upon receiving a green card, they may apply for permanent residency.
Contact an Experienced Asylum Lawyer Today!
Whether you are looking to apply for asylum or a green card here in the United States, you can depend on Sheri Hoidra Law Office, LLC to help when it matters most. Contact us today so you can tell us your story and so we can begin working on your case.