Austin Asylum Lawyers
Experienced & Compassionate Immigration Representation in San Antonio and All of Texas
Every year, tens of thousands of non-citizens and foreign nationals who have already arrived in the U.S. seek asylum. Asylum can be sought through a complex application process with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Asylum can be granted to those seeking our government’s protection from persecution.
If you or a loved one is seeking asylum, you can turn to J. Sparks Law, PLLC for the help you need to navigate the immigration system. As a former clinical instructor in asylum law at The Pepperdine School of Law in Malibu, California, Julie Sparks is capable of handling the most complex of asylum cases. Our Austin asylum lawyers have over two decades of combined legal experience and have helped numerous immigrants find the protection they need. We urge you to take advantage of our knowledge and skill in handling all aspects of the asylum application process.
Seeking Asylum in the U.S.
Individuals who have entered the U.S. may seek asylum if it is deemed that they have been persecuted or fear that they will suffer persecution if they return to their native country.
Persecution includes torture or harm based on one’s:
- Religious beliefs
- Membership in a particular social group
- Political opinion
Those eligible for asylum may include spouses and children as derivative applicants on the application. If you are granted asylum, you will be allowed to work in the U.S. and apply for a Social Security card. Asylees may also travel abroad with permission and petition for family members to join them in the U.S.
After residing in the U.S. as an asylee for one year, you may apply to become a lawful permanent resident (green card holder). After four years of lawful permanent residency, you may apply for U.S. or qualify for an exception to this rule.
The application process requires that you provide substantial evidence of persecution or a well-founded fear of it in order to be granted asylum. You must apply for asylum within one year of entering the U.S.
Applying for Asylum
When you arrive in the United States, there are six basic steps to follow if you want to apply for asylum:
- Within one year of arriving in the U.S., file Form I-589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
- Complete the fingerprinting and background checks. If you are applying for asylum for your spouse or children, they must go with you to these appointments.
- Receive notice for an interview at an asylum office or a USCIS office. If you need to reschedule, do it immediately and in writing to the location where your interview will be.
- Attend the interview. Bring your spouse and children you are applying for them as well.
- An asylum office will confirm your eligibility and a supervisory asylum officer will confirm the decision.
- Receive a decision on your case. Typically, you will return to the office to pick up the decision two weeks after the interview. If more information is needed or action is pending, the decision will be mailed to you.
If it has been over a year since your arrival, there may still be options available. Reach out to our experienced asylum lawyer in Austin for help. J. Sparks Law is here for you.
An Immigration Firm that Cares
At J. Sparks Law, PLLC, we are dedicated to helping individuals and their families receive the protection they need to move forward in safety and peace. If you or someone you know needs assistance with the asylum application process, it is important to have strong legal representation. With an attorney who is Board Certified in immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization guiding your case, you can trust that you will have the knowledge and skill that you need on your side.
Julie was VERY attentive, frank but optimistic. If you want a PHENOMENAL team, definitely go with them!- E & S Abundez
Good service and experience- Laura Pérez
Best Immigration Attorney in Texas- Faheem & Jan
Genuine advocate with service oriented staff- Dru
Julie Sparks: Extremely dedicated and dependable!- Céline
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