In some cases, foreign nationals must flee their native land and travel to the United States in order to remain safe. Under certain circumstances, they may be granted asylum in the U.S. for a designated time. The asylum law was established to ensure the safety of persecuted people from all over the world.

Despite what some think, you are not barred from seeking asylum if you have entered the U.S. illegally. Also, entering illegally will not keep you from applying for a green card later if you are granted asylum. To learn more consult with a deportation lawyer with our firm today.

Asylum is offered for those foreign nations suffering persecution for any of the following matters:

  • Gender
  • Nationality
  • Political/social beliefs
  • Race
  • Religious beliefs
  • Sexual orientation

To learn more about asylum, call The Law Offices of Jamie H. Gorton at (617) 902-0100 or contact us online. From our Malden office, we serve Everett, Medford, North Boston, and the surrounding areas.

How Does Asylum Work?

The burden of proof of persecution is placed on the refugee. With the help of a Malden immigration attorney from our firm, you can assemble your case and present it to the United States Citizen and Immigration Service (USCIS) for approval of asylum. The process and laws are complex, especially for someone who has made the journey to the U.S. alone. With the help of our firm, you can show the USCIS how serious your case is and demonstrate why you cannot be sent back to your country of origin.

If the USCIS officer denies your request for asylum, your other option is Immigration Court, where you will present your case to a judge. If you lose your case, the immigration judge will order you to be deported. If your case is won, you will have the chance to become a lawful permanent resident.

If your country of origin has been designated for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), although temporary, this will allow you to legally obtain employment in the U.S. Under normal circumstances, asylum seekers are not allowed to work in the U.S. immediately after submitting their application to the USCIS unless they already have a valid work permit.

Let Our Firm Help Keep You in America

If you do not want to be sent back to your home country, the asylum lawyers at our Malden, MA firm can help you with the legal process of seeking asylum. We have assisted individuals in avoiding deportation on numerous occasions, and we can work to do the same for you and your family. We understand that this is a difficult time for you, after having to flee from your home country.

Let us provide you with an initial case evaluation. Contact our immigration office today to schedule a consultation with our accomplished Massachusetts immigration lawyer!