Asylum Refugee

Orlando Asylum Lawyers

What Is Asylum?

Asylum is the process of seeking protection for an individual who wishes to remain in the United States for fear of persecution should they return home. At Lim Law, P.A. our team has decades of experience in immigration law and has helped hundreds of asylum-seekers reside legally in the United States.

The criteria are as follows:

  • Fear of persecution for religion,
  • Fear of persecution for political opinion,
  • Fear of persecution for race,
  • Fear of persecution for nationality, or
  • Fear of persecution for membership in a particular social group.

If you are seeking asylum in the United States, contact our experienced asylum attorneys in Orlando and Maitland today at (407) 512-9919. We offer free in-person consultations.

Application Process

If an individual has felt persecuted or fears persecution, they can file an I-589 form, Application for Asylum and/or Withholding of Removal. To be granted asylum, the applicant may provide proof of persecution or risk of persecution upon returning to their home country. These are known as “corroborating documents” and they can include medical reports, police reports, or affidavits/letters from family members, partners, or friends who can validate the claims.

You must complete your asylum application within one year after arriving in the United States. You can include your spouse and children in the application if they are in the U.S. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will give you a receipt notice once your application is filed. You will then have to wait for DHS to schedule your interview. At your interview, you will usually be asked to describe what happened and what you fear would happen if you return home.

If granted asylum, you may petition to bring your spouse and children to the United States. This requires completing an I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition form. To include your child on your application, the child must be under 21 and unmarried. Once granted, you have two years to submit the petition.

One year after your application is granted, you may apply for a Green Card (Permanent Residence).

Asylum Employment Authorization

You may apply for employment authorization if 150 days have passed after USCIS received your complete asylum application, excluding any delays caused by you, and if no decision has been made on your application.

To apply for employment authorization, you must first meet certain requirements:

  • No decision has been made on your application
  • 150 days have passed since USCIS received your application
  • You have not caused unnecessary delays

There is presently no fee to apply for your first Employment Authorization Document (EAD), if you have a pending application or if you have been granted asylum. To apply, you must fill out an I-765, Application for Employment Authorization form.

If you have any questions regarding asylum in the United States, we offer an initial in-person consultation for free. Call (407) 512-9919 to schedule an appointment or contact us online.


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    Henry Lim, Esq.

    Founding Attorney

    Born in Nicaragua, Orlando immigration lawyer Henry Lim knows the immigrant experience firsthand. He knows how stressful the process can be. Because of this, Henry knows the value of an aggressive immigration attorney. He uses his skill and insight to work for you.
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    Rafael Ortiz-Segura

    Of Counsel

    With 23 years of experience on the bench, former Immigration Judge Rafael Ortiz-Segura brings a unique perspective and a wealth of knowledge to Lim Law, P.A. His time in Orlando immigration court makes him one of the most experienced professionals in immigration in all of Central Florida. Most immigration lawyers in Orlando have argued cases before him.
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    Henye S. Perez


    Henye S. Perez has handled a multitude of cases involving complex immigration matters, ranging fro visa petitions to defending immigrants in removal proceedings. He has advocated for clients before U. S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, U.S. Immigration Customs & Enforcement, and the Executive Office of Immigration Review in immigration court. Mr. Perez graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2010. He then continued his studies at ...
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    Michelle Villagran


    Michelle Villagran joined the Lim Law, P.A. team in 2017. As the daughter of immigrants from Mexico, she has a personal understanding of the struggles individuals endure while navigating the American immigration system. Ms. Villagran graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2010, where she received a bachelor's degree in Business Management. She later graduated from the Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law. During her law school career, Ms. Villagran participated in the ...


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