Asylum & Refugee

Asylum & Refugee

Lim Law P.A. – Central Florida & Orlando Immigration Attorney

Asylum is the process of seeking protection for an individual who is already in the U.S to stay in the U.S., for fear of persecution once they return home. It is a long and complicated process. Our experienced team at Lim Law P.A. has helped hundreds of asylum seekers reside legally in the United States”. The fear of persecution is generally due to:

  • Religion
  • Political Opinion
  • Race
  • Nationality
  • Membership in a particular social group.

If the individual has felt persecuted or fears persecution, they can file an I-589 form, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal. In order to be granted asylum, there must be proof of persecution or risk of persecution upon returning to their home country. You must complete your application within one year after arriving in the country. You can include your spouse and children in the application, if they are in the U.S.

If granted asylum, you may petition to bring your spouse and children to the United States. This requires filling out 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 fill out the petition.

A year after receiving asylum, you can apply for a a green card (Permanent Residence).

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. 

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

Contact Lim Law, P.A. if you have any questions regarding asylum in the US. We offer the first consultation for free. Call (407) 897-8870 to schedule your consultation today. 

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