Chicago Asylum Immigration Attorneys
Since its inception, the United States has been a haven for oppressed peoples. Those who are persecuted in their home countries often escape to the safety within our borders. Our government allows oppressed immigrants to apply for asylum, which can eventually lead to legal permanent residency. At Ana M. Mencini & Associates, P.C., our immigration attorneys are experienced in handling asylum cases. Like most areas of immigration law, asylum cases can be quite complicated. As practicing lawyer, our attorneys have the skill and knowledge needed to fight for your rights.
Types of Oppression and Asylum
In the United States, there are many forms of oppression for which you can petition for asylum. These include:
- Persecution based on religious beliefs
- Persecution based on race, ethnicity or nationality
- Persecution based on political beliefs
- Persecution based on membership in a social group
- Threat of torture as defined by the rules of the international conventions
There are two methods available to apply for asylum. They differ only in when the application is made. If you apply for asylum prior to being placed in removal proceedings, then it is called affirmative asylum. With very few exceptions, affirmative asylum must be applied for within one (1) year of your last entry into the country.
If you receive a Notice to Appear from immigration authorities and face removal/deportation, you may file for asylum as a way to avoid deportation. This is called defensive asylum. In defensive asylum cases, you must prove that deportation will result in persecution due to any of the above-recognized forms of persecution.
Asylum cases are often difficult to prove. It is essential to hire an attorney who is familiar with the requirements for asylum and who will fight for you to stay in the country. At Ana M. Mencini & Associates, P.C. , our attorneys and staff understand the high stakes involved in asylum cases. We offer clients passion and compassion while we fight on your behalf.
If you or a family member wishes to seek refuge in the U.S. through asylum, contact us to schedule a consultation.