Legal Guidance For People Claiming Refugee Status
It is no secret that the U.S. government is currently applying strict criteria for people applying for asylum. You may have a clear justification for claiming to be a refugee, but it will likely be very difficult for you to argue your case without legal representation. If you have strong evidence, it is important not to give up. An experienced immigration lawyer can help you discover your clearest path to success in achieving your immigration goals.
Many variables may determine whether the government will approve your application for asylum. Some factors are within your control — such as providing proof of your claim. Others factors are out of your control — such as the noticeable trends in a particular immigration court or the case backlog in the court where you are applying for asylum.
Law Office of Rafael J. Borras in San Antonio has helped many clients cut through the obstacles and prove their eligibility for refugee status and asylum. Attorney Rafael Borras is available to review your case and advise you on the steps you should take to prove your case.
Understanding Refugee Status And Asylum
When you seek asylum in the U.S., you will often hear the terms “refugee” and “asylum.” A refugee is a person in need of safety. Asylum is a safe situation. To many people, the official definitions of the terms “refugee” and “asylum” sound both simple and complex at the same time! In sum,
- If you have status as a refugee, you have met the criteria as a person eligible to apply for asylum.
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) states, “Refugees are generally people outside of their country who are unable or unwilling to return home because they fear serious harm.” USCIS further explains that qualified refugees “have suffered persecution or fear that they will suffer persecution due to … race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group (or) political opinion.
- If you are granted asylum, you have permission to live and work in the United States. After a year with asylum status, you can apply for permanent residency (a green card).
USCIS defines asylum status as “a form of protection available to people who … meet the definition of refugee, are already in the United States and are seeking admission at a port of entry.”
When your entire future depends on the success of your application for asylum, every detail matters. For all these reasons, an experienced lawyer is an essential ally and advocate as you apply for asylum. Your claim of refugee status and your application for asylum may put you in contact with several government agencies. If your application is denied the first time, you may be able to argue your case before a judge in an immigration court. Through every phase of your case, it will be especially important to have an attorney representing you.
Work Closely With A Lawyer You Can Trust
Immigration lawyer Rafael Borras was a trial attorney for 12 years in Puerto Rico. In Texas, he operates his law firm, Law Office of Rafael J. Borras, with the goal of helping people achieve immigration goals. He has helped people from countries in Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East to make strong cases for asylum in the U.S. To discuss your case with Mr. Borras and learn how he can help you, call 210-761-6589 or email the law firm through this website.