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Dallas Asylum Lawyer

Helping Immigrants with the Asylum Process in Texas

The United States is the world leader in granting entry to asylum seekers. Over 2 million refugees have been admitted into the U.S. since 1980 but that doesn’t mean it’s an easy or automatic process. Though the U.S. does grant asylum status to a large number of people, the denial rates are still very high.

Whether you are just beginning or are continuing the process of applying for asylum in the United States, Meaders Law can help. Our Dallas immigration lawyer is skilled in leading people through the process.

Need help with the asylum process? Our Dallas attorneys are always available to help. Call now at (972) 440-1418.

What is Asylum?

Sadly, many people experience persecution in their home countries. In 1948, the United Nations came up with a way to help immigrants escape the severe hardships they suffer under their nation’s government. It’s called asylum.

In 1980, the United States passed the Refugee Act, which made a way for asylum seekers to enter the U.S. and find protection under U.S. laws. After one year, individuals who have obtained asylum status may apply for permanent residence, work legally, and receive a social security card.

Who Qualifies for Asylum in the USA?

If you have come to the U.S. for protection from persecution in another country you may apply for asylum. You must be able to prove that you have experienced persecution in at least one of five ways.

The eligible categories of persecution include:

  • Religion
  • Race
  • Nationality
  • Political opinion
  • Social group memberships

You may apply for asylum up to one year after you have entered the United States. If you have resided in the U.S. for more than one year, you may also apply for asylum if you meet certain criteria, as set forth by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

What Happens When You Apply for Asylum?

Applying for asylum can be a complex and lengthy process. Applicants are required to provide:

  • A birth certificate or other legal form of identification
  • A written affidavit detailing the problems the applicant has encountered in their home country and the reasons why they can't return
  • A copy of one's passport

Other required forms of documentation can include marriage certificates or evidence of relation to children under 21 years of age. You will also be required to go through background and security checks as well as fingerprinting.

Once your application is submitted, you will then be required to complete an interview, typically about 45 days after you file. You have the right to have an attorney present during your asylum interview, as long as they submit Form G-28 ahead of time.

Current Challenges for Individuals Seeking Asylum in the U.S.

Dallas is home to many asylum seekers. If you are seeking protection, Meaders Law can help. We are knowledgeable in helping people get asylum in the United States. We care about your safety and will work hard to provide you the opportunity of lifelong freedom in America.

If you are seeking asylum, call Meaders Law at (972) 440-1418.

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