Dalton Refugee & Asylum Lawyer
If you or your family fear persecution based on your race, nationality, religion, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group, you may be able to seek asylum in the United States. The first step in this process is to petition the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Unfortunately, Immigration Courts have become much more restrictive in recent years, and many with valid claims of persecution are denied. The Dalton refugee & asylum lawyers at Shirazi Immigration Law, Inc. are here to argue your case, and show the court that your safety, and/or the safety of your loved ones is in serious jeopardy. Our attorneys will help you file your asylum application and assist you in navigating the complicated U.S. immigration system.
Who Can Seek Asylum?
If you have suffered past persecution for any of the following, you are eligible for asylum in the United States:
- Political opinion; or
- Membership in a particular social group;
As such, asylum is sought by individuals who are in danger of retaliation for their political beliefs, religion, or other characteristics recognized by the U.S. In order for their application to be approved, applicants must either be able to give evidence of past persecution, or prove a credible fear of death or torture should they return to their hone country.
Chances of Being Approved Asylum Status
The U.S. asylum case success rates increased from just 29 percent in 2019, to 37 percent in 2020, according to Time Magazine. One of the most important factors in this marginal success is legal representation. More refugees worked with attorneys in 2020, which increases a refugee’s chances of being granted asylum. However, tens of thousands of applicants were turned away—far more than were granted asylum. And, according to Human Rights First, the backlog and delays in immigration courts has created hardship for refugees while they wait in the U.S. on their case. Difficulties faced by applicants during this prolonged waiting period include separation from their families, inability to secure employment or educational opportunities, and constant fear of deportation, where they potentially face a deadly situation back in their home country.
Seeking Your Green Card
Once you have successfully obtained asylum, you have one year to apply for a Green Card. Once obtaining your green card, you can then live and work in the U.S. indefinitely. At four years, you can apply for U.S. citizenship through naturalization
Call Dalton Refugee & Asylum Attorney
In order to be granted asylum, you must go through the interview process with either the Department of Homeland Security or a federal immigration court representative. You need to be represented by an attorney during this interview. We also assist refugees who have been denied entry, as they are entitled to a hearing following denial. No matter what part of the asylum or green card process you are in, our Dalton refugee and asylum attorneys can help. Contact the Shirazi Immigration Law, Inc. today at 404-523-3611 to schedule a consultation.