U.S. immigration law allows individuals who have suffered persecution or have a well-founded fear of persecution in their native countries to apply for asylum. The persecution must be on account of your race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or your membership in a particular social group. In the context of a deportation proceeding, an asylum claim may sometimes be available to you as a defense to removal. If you are granted asylum, you are permitted to legally remain and work in the United States on a permanent basis. An immigration judge hears and considers all defensive asylum claims. You will receive a Notice to Appear, which gives you the date that you must appear in front of the immigration judge for a hearing. You must be able to prove to the judge that you either did suffer persecution on one of the protected grounds, or that you have a credible and well-founded fear of persecution. In addition to your own testimony, your attorney can help corroborate or give further support to your claim by contacting an expert witness who can educate the court about the current conditions and persecution in your native country. You also should expect that you will spend a great deal of your time reviewing your case with your attorney and any prior documents filed in your case. In order to be a credible witness, your attorney must be able to address any inconsistences in your testimony or between documentary evidence in your case. If you have any criminal history, your attorney also is likely to obtain documentation of those offenses and present them to the court. Any documents that are written in a foreign language must be accompanied by an English translation. Any official records, or written records from a foreign government, must be properly authenticated by that government. In some cases, however, the authentication requirement can create problems, since you are claiming persecution at the hands of the same foreign government that you are now asking to authenticate the documents. Preparing an asylum case for court can be extensive and complex. Having the assistance of an experienced California immigration attorney who can assist you with this often complex process can make it much easier and much more successful. At Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., we are here to fight for your right to legally remain in the United States. Call us today at (510) 756-4468, meet with our deportation defense lawyers, and see what we can do for you. Para Espanol haz click aqui!