There various grounds for seeking political asylum in the U.S. – from ethnic and/or religious persecution to political discourse; suffering from these various kinds of persecution in your country of origin may lead you to seek asylum and refuge in the United States. In order to request this, you have to claim asylum at any port of entry into the United States, and you to show reasonable evidence of the persecution that you have experienced in your country of origin. In order to be granted asylum in the United States, you must be able to prove past persecution, or a reasonable fear of future persecution based on any of the following grounds:
- Political stance/opinion
- Religious beliefs
- Affiliation with a particular social or political group
After sending in your application, you will meet with a local asylum office within six weeks of filing. At your interview you will be required to describe the persecution that you have suffered, along with the fears you have of persecution if you are forced to return to your country. A couple of weeks after the interview, you will be informed as to whether or not the U.S. can recommend asylum. If you are here on a visa, and your application is denied, then you may have the opportunity to submit additional evidence as to why you need asylum. If you are not in valid status, then you will be placed in removal proceedings once your application is denied.
If you are seeking asylum, then it is important to have skilled legal representation on your side that understands the process, and knows how to help you effectively prepare a convincing application with the required evidence.