If the abuse happened in a foreign country, and the government of that country is unwilling to protect the victim, Blandon Law may be able to get the foreign national a green card based on asylum. In that situation, the government is allowing her to be harmed on account of her relationship with a man.
We can obtain asylum for relationship violence victims regardless of the foreigner’s status in the United States. She can be here legally or without authorization. Likewise, it does not matter if the foreign national is in deportation proceedings before the Immigration Court.
Asylum depends on the person’s circumstances, not the country. That said, foreigners from certain countries receive asylum more frequently than foreigners from other countries. At one time, for example, more than fifty percent (50 percent) of the Venezuelans who applied for asylum were granted this status.
The family members of someone who was harmed, tortured, murdered or kidnapped may also receive asylum – because a family constitutes a social group. This way, the children of a domestic violence victim may also be able to obtain a green card through violence that happened in a foreign country.
Foreign nationals have a one-year deadline from the last date of entry for applying for asylum. Nevertheless, if a foreigner has a reasonable explanation as to why she did not apply during the first year after arriving in the U.S., she may still be eligible. For example, the foreigner may have been in another legal status (such as student or visitor).
Persons whose personal circumstances have changed should also apply despite the one-year deadline. In one case, Blandon Law won an asylum case for a Colombian woman 20 years after she entered the United States.