Do You Need A Lawyer For Asylum?

There has been a lot of talk in recent years about refugees requesting asylum in the United States. You may be wondering what that means and how it’s done.

Who qualifies as a refugee?

Refugees are people who are unable or unwilling to return to their home country because they fear serious harm due to past persecution or a well-founded fear of being persecuted in the future “on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.” Congress incorporated this definition into U.S. immigration law in the Refugee Act of 1980.

Bear in mind that the United States has legal obligations to provide protection to those who qualify as refugees. The Refugee Act laid out two specific paths to obtain refugee status: from abroad as a resettled refugee or in the United States as an asylum seeker.

What happens if a refugee is granted asylum?

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How do I choose the right lawyer for asylum?

You will need a licensed immigration lawyer who knows and understands both the complexity of the immigration law and the entire asylum process. The American Immigration Council stresses that you should not hire an unlicensed attorney and that a notary, or “notario,” is not a licensed attorney for asylum, or any other immigration matter. If you have received any advice from a notary, please consult with a licensed attorney.

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