At Peek Toland & Castañeda PLLC, our compassionate Texas immigration law attorneys help clients apply for asylum in the United States. Asylum is available to foreign nationals facing persecution in their home country, whether it’s racial, religious, social, national, or political in nature. If you have experienced past persecution or fear future persecution, you may be eligible for asylum status in the U.S.
Even if you meet the basic requirements, approval is not guaranteed, and ultimately left to the discretion of immigration authorities. However, with help from our dedicated legal team, you may be eligible to apply for asylum. For more information, feel free to call our office at (512) 474-4445. We conduct consultations in person, via phone, and even via Skype.
How to Apply for Asylum
Applicants have two options. They may either apply for affirmative asylum with their local asylum office, or apply for defensive asylum if they are already in removal proceedings. In Texas, the asylum office is located in the city of Houston. If you apply for defensive asylum, you will be administered a “credible fear” interview with an asylum officer. From your answers, the officer will ascertain whether you have a legitimate reason for fearing persecution and seeking asylum.
Important Asylum Tips
There are a few important things you should keep in mind if you’re planning to apply for asylum. First, asylum applications must be filed within one year of entering the United States. If you wait too long, you may put yourself at risk of deportation. Second, you cannot apply for asylum more than once. You may appeal the initial denial, but once the decision is finalized, it’s done for good. Finally, you are barred from asylum if you have participated in the persecution of others or been convicted of a serious crime.
Consult with a trusted immigration lawyer to determine whether you qualify for asylum status in the U.S.
Why Do I Need an Attorney for Asylum?
While you’re not required to hire an attorney to apply for asylum, it is highly advised that you do. So much is at stake and you only get one chance. Get a good legal team at your side that can assist you in gathering evidence, processing important documents, and building a strong case. At Peek Toland & Castañeda PLLC, we will make sure that you meet all the deadlines and time limits as well as the criteria for approval. Contact our office today to get started on your application.