Providing Help With Asylum-Based Immigration Matters
Each year foreign nationals are granted asylum in the United States because they fear persecution in their homelands. This persecution is generally due to the asylum seeker’s religion, race, political opinion, nationality or membership in a specific social group, and the persecution is inflicted directly by the government or by others whom the government is unwilling to control or cannot control.
If you are seeking asylum in the United States, we can help. Contact the law firm of Duncan | Kent, PLLC, to learn more about eligibility and applying for asylum. We can help ensure that your application for asylum is handled properly from start to finish.
Applying For Asylum
To apply for asylum in the United States, you should file your application within one year of your arrival. You do not have to pay a fee to apply.
If you have a spouse or children in the United States, you may include them in your application. You can do this when you apply or any time before a decision is made regarding your case.
Applying For Permission To Work
Your application for employment authorization is separate from your application for asylum. You may apply for permission to work when 150 days have passed since you filed your asylum application and if there has not yet been a decision on your case. There is also no fee to apply for employment authorization.
If you are granted asylum, you may start working immediately.
Applying For A Green Card After Being Granted Asylum
One year after you are granted asylum, you may apply for permanent residence — or a green card. An application for a green card must be filed for yourself and for each of your family members who received asylum.