An individual who seeks asylum in the United States must make the same showing as an individual seeking refugee status. The difference is that the individual seeking asylum is at or within the borders of the United States.

To be granted legal status as an asylee, the individual must show that he/she is unable or unwilling to return to their country of origin because of a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.

The granting of relief based on this status is in the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security or the U.S. Attorney General.

Asylum cases will be pre-screened in expedited removal procedures by an asylum officer to determine if there is a “credible fear” and if further hearing before an Immigration Judge is warranted.

In addition, persons already in the U.S. who are in removal proceedings may submit a defensive claim for asylum and withholding of removal.

Contact us at (727) 372-3111 to evaluate your asylum and immigration case.