Trusted advice from experienced asylum attorneys in New York City
Foreign-born citizens who suffer persecution in their home countries may qualify for asylum in the United States. Our law firm, Margaret W. Wong & Associates, LLC, has a successful history of fighting for the rights of those fleeing the abuse and danger of their native lands.
In the U.S., you may apply for asylum if you suffer persecution—or fear persecution—based on factors that include:
- Membership in a certain social group
- Political opinion
Applying for asylum can seem challenging, especially for those fleeing with their families from violence in their home countries. While the United States admits asylum seekers each year, the numbers that it admits annually has been declining for several years. In 2007, the U.S. admitted more than 81,000 asylum seekers. By 2016 that number had fallen to 37,209. If you are seeking asylum in the U.S., it is important to get accurate advice on filing documentation and providing proof of your claim for asylum.
Structured to provide sanctuary, New York City welcomes immigrants and has several organizations that help those considering asylum. With successful experience handling tens of thousands of immigration and asylum matters, our firm delivers straightforward, committed legal representation to asylum seekers in the U.S.
The asylum process in the United States
When you apply for asylum, you can include your spouse and children in your application. Here are other some other important points about the asylum process:
- To apply for asylum, you should submit a correctly completed Form-589. Depending on your circumstances, you can file your application with the USCIS if this is your first application. If you have been denied previously, you can file with the Asylum Office in your local jurisdiction or with the Immigration Court if you have been placed into removal proceedings. It is critical to ensure your documents are appropriately prepared and filed in the proper office.
- After your application is received, an Asylum Officer makes a decision on whether you are eligible for asylum. The Officer considers evidence of persecution, violence, or fear you have experienced. The Officer also determines whether you are barred from asylum in the US due to a criminal record, involvement in actions that persecuted others, or whether you were firmly resettled in a different country, among other factors.
- You can file for asylum if you entered the country illegally, as long as you file within one year of your arrival and have not been placed in a removal proceeding.
Our immigration and asylum attorneys are skilled at demonstrating the validity of the claims of those seeking asylum. We have the resources and experience to take your case to Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, or any federal appeals court. If you are granted asylum, you may apply for permanent residency, and may then be eligible for naturalized citizenship in the US.