Persons outside the United States who have a fear of returning to their home country may qualify for refugee status while abroad. The fear of extreme harm must be based on the foreigner’s:
race; religion; nationality; membership in a particular social group; or political opinion
Asylum requires that applicants prove they suffered or fear suffering extreme harm in their home country. However, applicants must also demonstrate that the fear is based on their race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion
Asylees can travel internationally with a Refugee Travel Document. They should no longer use their country’s passport. In fact, although widely misunderstood, asylees can even return to their homeland in extreme circumstances.
Some clients have no solution to their situations under the immigration laws. For example, most foreigners must apply for asylum within one year of arriving in the United States. For many, protection is not available because of that arbitrary deadline. However, I am pleased to report that an immigration judge granted asylum to a client who entered the U.S. over 20 years ago with her family
The following information does not guarantee success in any particular case, but is intended to give our readers information on what is possible under current immigration law. Asylum is an obligation to protect foreigners who may be harmed in their home country because of their political opinion, gender, race, religion, or status in a social group
A case for removal or deportation of a foreign national is final unless it can be reopened. The time limit for reopening cases is 180 days after the final order is entered unless an exception applies, such as because the order of removal was sent to the foreign national’s incorrect address.