To qualify for asylum in the United States, the applicant must demonstrate through credible and consistent testimony and supporting documentation (where available) that he or she has suffered past persecution or has a well-founded fear of future persecution based on at least one of the following five grounds:

  1. Race
  2. Religion
  3. Nationality
  4. Membership in a particular social group
  5. Political opinion

Applicants must file an 1-589 (Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal) within one year of their arrival to the United States, subject to certain limited exceptions. Those who are successful are permitted to remain in the United States as an asylee and later apply for a green card. Spouses and minor children who are physically present in the U.S. may be included in the application, and those who are outside the U.S. may be petitioned for if the case is successful.

Other possible forms of relief include Withholding of Removal and Convention Against Torture protection.

The Law Offices of Sheila Starkey Hahn, PC welcomes you to contact us for information about how we can assist you with U.S. asylum.