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Asylum and refugee status are special legal protections available to people who have left their home country for their own safety and are afraid to return.People outside of the United States must apply for refugee status. People who have already made it to the U.S. border or are inside the United States can apply for asylum status. You must apply for asylum within one year of entering the United States. You can apply for a green card within one year of entering as a refugee or being approved for asylum. While waiting for your asylum approval, you may apply for a work permit (after 180 days have passed since the processing of your asylum began).

You must meet some strict requirements to qualify for asylum or refugee status. In particular, you must show two things:

To persecute means to harass, punish, injure, oppress, or otherwise cause someone to suffer physical or psychological harm. U.S. immigration law does not list specific examples of the kinds of persecution that would qualify someone for asylum or refugee status. It is via case law that we determine whether or not a particular situation would fall under the protection of asylum. Each case is different so please contact an attorney to discuss the specifics of your situation and whether asylum/refugee is the right immigration relief for you.

To understand the specifics of your immigration situation, please contact us at Bhagat Law Firm. We are happy to help.

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