Tens of thousands of people from around the world come to the United States each year and apply for asylum. Asylum is a form of protection that the United States government provides to people who have a well-founded fear of persecution based on race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.
People already within the borders of the United States may apply for asylum. Generally, asylum must be applied for within one year of entering the United States. Exceptions to this one-year rule exist, such as if there are changed country conditions in the individuals home country that give rise to a well-founded fear of persecution.
There are two types of asylum applications: Affirmative asylum applications which are adjudicated at a USCIS Asylum Office, and defensive asylum applications which are filed before an Immigration Judge by an individual in removal proceedings. Call the Law Offices of Andrew Wood today to see how we can help you with your affirmative or defensive asylum application.