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Asylum & Refugee Status

Atlanta Asylum Lawyers

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One way people enter the United States is by requesting asylum. This may be granted to citizens of foreign countries who fear persecution in their home countries. After being granted asylum, you may apply for permanent residency when you have lived in the United States for at least one year.

What Qualifies You for Asylum?

According to U.S. law (8 U.S.C. § 1158) asylum may be granted to people who cannot return to their home country due to persecution for a number of reasons. These reasons can include:

  • Race
  • Nationality
  • Sexual orientation
  • Religion
  • Political opinion or affiliation
  • Membership in a social group

The asylum process and refugee status have gained a lot of attention in the media and among politicians in recent years. Limits have been placed on applications for asylum and refugee status and the requirements have become more complicated to navigate.

What is Persecution in an Asylum Case?

U.S. immigration law does not strictly define persecution. Instead, persecution is generally thought to be taking place when an individual has or is suffering fear or threat of harm for something that they believe or for part of who they are. In all cases, it is not necessary for this persecution to be coming from the government. Persecution could stem from groups a government agency is not able to control, such as a paramilitary groups or an organized group of vigilantes.

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Our asylum and refugee status attorneys in Atlanta always stay abreast of all changes to the law and regulations to provide our clients with the best possible legal advice.

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