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What You Should Know About the Asylum Process


If you’re seeking asylum in the United States, there are a few things you should know about the process. The immigration lawyers in Baltimore, MD, at The Law Office of Raymond O. Griffith are happy to walk you through the aspects that you need to be aware of before seeking asylum. Start by reading through our guide, then contact us with any questions!

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What is Asylum?

Asylum is a form of protection that allows people who meet certain criteria to remain in the United States. To be eligible for asylum, you must prove that you have a well-founded fear of persecution in your home country based on one of the following:

  • Race
  • Religion
  • Nationality
  • Membership in a particular social group
  • Political opinion

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Affirmative Process

There are two ways to apply for asylum in the United States: through the affirmative process or the defensive process. The affirmative process is for people who are not currently in removal proceedings. This means that you must be physically present in the United States and you must file your application within one year of your last arrival date.

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Defensive Process

The defensive process is for people who are already in removal proceedings. This means that you must be in the United States but you have either entered without inspection or your visa has expired. If you are applying for asylum through the defensive process, your application will be considered by an immigration judge.

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Asylum Consultation

To help ensure you are granted asylum, it is a good idea to work with an immigration attorney who is familiar with the process. The Law Office of Raymond O. Griffith has this experience and the knowledge that you need to get the best possible outcome for your case.

If you are seeking asylum in the United States, it is important to know the process and what to expect. By working with the immigration lawyers in Baltimore at The Law Office of Raymond O. Griffith you can get the help you need to determine the right asylum process and to help ensure a positive outcome for your situation. Contact us today to learn more.

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