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Whether you have entered the United States by legal or illegal means, you could still be afforded protection if you qualify for asylum. Asylum protects individuals who have come to the United States due to a legitimate fear of persecution in their home country. If you can demonstrate that your fear is credible, you may be able to come under this type of legal protection.

Methods of Obtaining Asylum

There are typically two ways that individuals can obtain asylum.

An individual can take the affirmative route or the defensive route:

  • Asylum seekers who take the affirmative route must present their case to immigration officers at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
  • Asylum seekers who take the defensive route must present their case before an immigration judge in immigration court.

If affirmative asylum seekers have their application denied, they may still transfer their case to an immigration judge and have another chance to present their case. The judge will not have to agree with the previous USCIS decision.

How Long Do I Have to File for Asylum?

From the date of their arrival in the United States, individuals have one year to file for asylum.

Certain circumstances may extend this deadline:

  • If the individual’s home country became dangerous after his or her departure
  • If the individual suffered serious illness, mental illness or was given ineffective counsel

Regardless of your circumstances, it is worth getting in touch with an experienced Connecticut immigration lawyer from the Law Offices of James A. Welcome to make sure you know all your options.

Serving Clients Throughout Connecticut with Offices in Waterbury, Danbury & Norwalk

The team at Law Offices of James A. Welcome is backed by years of experience and committed to the personal representation of each one of our clients. We can make sure that all your paperwork is complete and turned in on time, and keep you updated throughout the process. Our founding attorney has been named to Super Lawyers® and maintains a Superb Rating on Avvo. You can trust that our commitment to excellence translates to every case we handle.

Call (203) 806-7922 to learn more about your options. Se habla español! Weekend and evening appointments are available by appointment.

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