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Applying for Asylum in NYC

If you are suffering from various kinds of persecution in your country of origin, then you may be able to seek asylum and refuge in the United States.

New York Asylum Lawyer answers questions about applying for Asylum

Question from Asylum seeker from China:

What do I need to do to be granted asylum?

Answer from Svetlana Prizant, Esq., Asylum Attorney in Queens, New York:

If you are suffering from various kinds of persecution in your country of origin, then you may be able to seek asylum in the United States. In order to be granted asylum you must be able to prove past persecution, or well-founded fear of future persecution based on any of the following grounds:

  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Religious beliefs
  • Political stance or opinion
  • Affiliation with a particular social group

After sending in your application, you will meet with a local asylum office within six weeks of filing. At this interview you will be required to describe the persecution that you have suffered, and the fears you have of persecution if you are required to return to your country. Two weeks after the interview, you will pick up the decision, which will either recommend asylum or not. 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 if your application is denied.

Have more questions about filing for Asylum in the United States? Please call our Immigration Law office in Forest Hills, Queens to schedule a consultation.

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