Oakland Affirmative Asylum Lawyers
Seasoned Immigration Lawyers Serving the Bay Area
United States law allows foreign nationals to apply for asylum if they will be subjected to persecution in their homeland due to their race, religion, nationality, social membership, or political beliefs. Those who are eligible for asylum can remain in the country without fear of deportation. At Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., our affirmative asylum attorneys in Oakland guide clients throughout their asylum cases.
There are two general types of asylum applications our firm handles:
- Affirmative – Application for asylum prior to deportation and removal proceedings
- Defensive – Application for asylum after deportation and removal proceedings
Understanding whether you or a loved one is eligible for affirmative asylum depends on whether removal proceedings have begun. Should the affirmative asylum application be rejected, the case will likely be referred to immigration court for defensive asylum. That is why it is so important to work with seasoned immigration attorneys who understand the system and utilize tactics to improve the chances that your asylum application is approved.
Process for Affirmative Asylum
To apply for affirmative asylum, it is essential to submit Form I-589 to United States Custom and Immigration Services (USCIS) and be present in the United States. This form must be submitted within a year from the last arrival in the country.
Steps for the affirmative asylum process are to:
- Be physically present in the United States or seeking entry at a port of entry
- Submit Form I-159, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal
- Agree to fingerprinting and a background check
- Complete an appointment with a USCIS official
- Receive a decision approving or rejecting affirmative asylum
It can be challenging to prove an asylum case in the court system, and an additional hardship for those who suffered in their homeland. That is why anyone seeking asylum should consult with an Oakland affirmative asylum lawyer at Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C. Our clear, professional legal advice can ease the process and ensure that your asylum case has a chance of success.
If you are interested in finding out if you or a loved one is eligible for affirmative asylum, contact us at (510) 756-4468 to learn about your options.