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Asylum Application Lawyer in Wakefield

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When refuge is granted to a non-U.S. citizen, it is called asylum. Whether you are here legally or illegally, you can pursue asylum status as a means of staying in the United States. There are many circumstances under which a person would flee his or her country of origin and seek refuge in the United States.

At DiSisto Law, P.C. our Wakefield immigration lawyer is skilled in helping clients pursue asylum status. Call our legal team today at 781.819.0700 to learn more.

How Can I Seek Asylum?

Asylum status is not a guarantee. It has a high rate of denial and can be a complicated process. Certain criteria must be met and it must be proven that the seeker has a “well-founded fear” of persecution if they or their family returns to their country of origin. Those seeking asylum status can also request asylum for a spouse and children under the age of 21.

Persecution may be based on a number of factors, such as:

  • Membership in a social or political organization or movement
  • Religion
  • Race
  • Gender
  • Sexual orientation
  • Other factors

How to File for Asylum Status

Once a person files for asylum, a notice will be given. This notice tells the time and place for an interview and fingerprinting. A decision will then be made 180 days later.

Anyone seeking asylum should file within one year of being in the United States. It is important for filers to understand that no one is automatically granted asylum based on unrest or well-documented problems in his or her home country. However, if asylum status is approved, there is no need to renew.

The reasons given for asylum will be reviewed intensely, which is why supportive documentation may be helpful. This may include:

  • Articles showing specific incidents of persecution
  • Medical records showing abuse
  • Police reports
  • Proof of membership in a class protected by asylum

The Asylum Application Process

The asylum application process may be intense and take place during a time of extreme duress and emotional turmoil. Attorney Giuseppina A. DiSisto can review your situation, evaluate your chances of being approved for asylum, and guide you through the immigration process.

When asylum is warranted, she can be your best resource for up-to-date information and support as you move towards finding a way to stay in the United States and escape persecution.

For a free 15-minute consultation with our Wakefield immigration attorney, contact DiSisto Law, P.C. online today.

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