While many people might see asylum as a legal or immigration issue, it is truly an issue of human rights. Below we wish to shine some much-needed light on the topic of asylum, and how it has the ability to bring safety and security to those in need.
What is Asylum?
Asylum is a legal status that is given to individuals by the United States government to grant people protection from any persecution by those in their home country. There are specific categories that can warrant asylum, those of which include:
- Political stance
- Sexual orientation
- Affiliation with a particular group
Once an individual is deemed eligible by one or more of these categories, they must apply for asylum within one year of arriving in the United States. They will also need to provide proper documentation and evidence of persecution as part of what can be a lengthy interview process.
Asylum Provides Security
Asylum truly does save lives. In countries that do not provide the same rights and freedoms to their citizens as the United States, there is almost nothing stopping those who wish to persecute others. There are many individuals who have been fired from their jobs, cast out by their families and friends, and even killed on the basis of factors that may not even be under their control.
Those who are able to gain asylum in the U.S. are also able to stay in-country indefinitely so that they are able to work and make a living in their new environment. One of the biggest benefits available to asylum seekers is the opportunity to eventually apply for lawful permanent residency and even citizenship to gain the full rights and benefits of being a United States citizen.
Contact Our Virginia Immigration Team Today
Our firm has been committed to helping endangered refugees for over 20 years, and helping those who have been afflicted is one of our personal missions. With a track record of success, we are ready to offer personalized and persistent legal representation to help you find the results you deserve.
If you or a loved one is living in danger outside of the United States, contact us today through our website or give us a call at (703) 552-5051 to schedule a consultation!