Warner Robins Refugee & Asylum Lawyer
Many individuals seek entry into or travel to the US for personal or professional reasons, but there are others who do so because they have suffered mistreatment or fear they will be persecuted in their own countries. US immigration laws include provisions for refugees outside the country, as well as an asylum program for those present or arriving in the US. The Office of Immigration Statistics (OIS) reports on the success of these two programs in protecting vulnerable individuals: Officials admit up to 30,000 refugees every year, and another 46,500 are granted asylum.
However, these figures should not create the presumption that refugee and asylum proceedings are easy. The process is extremely complex and requires solid evidence of persecution, so it is wise to retain skilled legal counsel to represent you. Shirazi Immigration Law, Inc. has extensive experience and meticulous knowledge of the laws, so we can advise you and assist with the requirements. Please contact us to schedule a consultation with a Warner Robins refugee & asylum lawyer, and read on for a summary.
4 Things to Know About Refugee and Asylum Status
The difference between these two types of immigration status is the location of the person seeking protection. Someone in the US may qualify for asylum, while a person outside the country would be a refugee. Beyond this distinction, there are some points to note:
- The underlying reasons for asylum/refugee status are often similar: Past persecution or fear of persecution if the person remains or is forced to leave the US.
- Mistreatment on account of race, religion, politics, nationality, and ethnicity are the most common grounds for seeking asylum or refugee status.
- An asylum-seeker applies directly to the US government, which must be done within one year after arriving. For refugee recognition, you apply to the UN to obtain appropriate documentation that will facilitate resettlement in the US.
- You are barred from applying for asylum if you were previously denied, unless you can show a change of circumstances in the interim.
What to Look for When Seeking a Lawyer
The process for seeking asylum/refugee status is complicated, particularly for those unfamiliar with the language. However, the challenges are intensified when you fear violence, persecution, and extreme hardship. Retaining legal help is crucial, so a few tips can guide you in finding the right fit. Our Georgia refugee and asylum attorneys at Shirazi Immigration Law, Inc. can provide details on:
- Our years of experience serving clients’ immigration needs;
- Knowledge about the process for asylum and refugee recognition;
- Our skills in representing clients before US immigration officials;
- Participation in leadership programs, charitable organizations, and political causes; and,
- Peer-reviewed awards and recognition for work in immigration.
Trust Our Warner Robins Refugee and Asylum Lawyers for Legal Help
To learn more about the US immigration laws that protect refugees and those seeking asylum, please contact Shirazi Immigration Law, Inc. at 404-523-3611 or via our website. We are happy to set up a consultation with a Georgia refugee and asylum attorney at our offices in Warner Robins, GA.