There are two paths to asylum: the affirmative process and the defensive process. If you are physically present in the United States, you may apply for asylum within one year of your arrival date.
With the laws constantly shifting under the benefit of asylum, it is best to get the assistance of a lawyer to assist you with asylum. You cannot file for asylum after you have been here for one year.
Austin attorney Mark Kinzler can assist you with the application process. Call our firm for a consultation at 512-402-7999.
The defensive process involves submitting an application to request asylum as a defense against removal from the United States. You must be in removal proceedings in immigration court with the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR).
If the judge determined you were ineligible for asylum at the end of the affirmative asylum process or were caught at a port of entry or at the border trying to enter into the United States without proper documentation, you are likely already in a removal proceeding.
Likewise, if you were placed in the expedited removal process or were found to have a credible fear of persecution.
You can be granted refugee status or asylum if you suffered persecution or you fear being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, and/or belonging to a certain social group or political opinion.
The laws are constantly changing in relation to this migratory benefit. Contact the Law Office of Mark Kinzler, PC, to evaluate your situation and give you the options that apply to your case.
There are a lot of people who are already in proceedings and the judge tells them they have no other way out. Mr. Kinzler has the experience to fit your circumstances into a lawful solution.
Located in Texas, the Law Office of Mark Kinzler, PC, has a team of experienced and compassionate workers ready to assist your immigration needs. Call 512-402-7999 for an appointment or reach out online.