Are you seeking asylum in the United States? Have you consulted an experienced Phoenix immigration lawyer?
Applying for asylum in the U.S. is a complex process that will require the assistance of an experienced immigration attorney. At Chastain & Afshari, LLP, we have helped countless clients in successfully gaining asylum. Our top rated attorneys offer the highest quality of legal services to each of our clients, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Seeking Asylum in the United States
Asylum is a legal protection granted by the U.S. government to people who can demonstrate a well-founded fear of persecution in their home country. This fear of persecution can be based on religion, race, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. If the individual lacks a country of nationality, they must demonstrate a fear of persecution in their last place of habitual residence.
Those seeking asylum differ from refugees in that they are seeking protection from the U.S. government from deportation after having entered the United States. However, individuals can apply for asylum whether they are outside the U.S. or have already entered the country illegally.
There are two main ways to obtain asylum:
- Affirmative Asylum: If deportation proceedings have not yet begun in court, individuals can seek affirmative asylum in a less adversarial setting. Those seeking affirmative asylum must present their case before an officer at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). If the officer denies asylum, the defensive process will be triggered in which the applicant is provided with another opportunity to prove his or her case before a judge.
- Defensive Asylum: If deportation proceedings are already underway or you have been denied by the USCIS officer, you will be required to prove your asylum case to an immigration judge at the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR). The EOIR is not bound by previous decisions by the USCIS.
Your successful asylum case will depend upon your ability to show that a reasonable person in your circumstances would fear returning to your home country. In an affirmative asylum action, you will need to complete an interview with a USCIS officer during which you must demonstrate your fear of returning is both well-founded and credible. Past incidences of harm can be one way of meeting this threshold requirement. In a defensive asylum, you will have to demonstrate the same credible fear but to a judge instead of a USCIS officer.
At Chastain & Afshari, LLP, our years of experience enable us to skillfully guide you through the asylum process. We can effectively represent you in interviews, meetings, and court, giving you the strongest possible chance at achieving a grant of asylum.
Chastain & Afshari, LLP: Top Rated Phoenix Immigration Lawyers Working to Secure Your Asylum
Gaining asylum in the U.S. can be a difficult process that will necessitate a showing that a reasonable person in your circumstances would fear returning home. You will need the assistance of an experienced immigration attorney to help you demonstrate that your fear is credible and well founded. The Arizona Immigration Attorneys at Chastain & Afshari, LLP have the experience and resources you need to successfully gain asylum. Our attorneys have an “A” rating with the Better Business Bureau and a reputation for excellence throughout the Phoenix community. When you call Chastain & Afshari, LLP, you will always be immediately connected to a knowledgeable and friendly Phoenix immigration lawyer. Our attorneys personally handle all immigration matters and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer your questions. Call the Phoenix immigration lawyers of Chastain & Afshari today at (623) 552-6168 to schedule your consultation.