Seeking asylum in the United States can be a daunting process. Attorney Richa Malik knows this because she has done it herself. She wants to help you to make the process as smooth and simple as possible. Check out these frequently asked questions for more information.
What is Asylum?
Political asylum is a safeguard that allows non-citizens of the United States to remain in the United States under certain circumstances.
What are the Circumstances Required for asylum?
In order to be granted asylum, a person must:
- Be currently present in the United States
- Not be a citizen of the United States
- Prove that they are being persecuted in their home country based on race, religion, nationality, social group, or political opinion.
What are the Different Types of Asylum?
There are two types of asylum – affirmative and defensive. Affirmative asylum is the more common type of asylum. This is used for people who are presently in the US and are not involved in any deportation process. You usually need to file for affirmative asylum within one year of arriving in the United States. Defensive asylum is used by people who are already involved in the deportation process. Basically, defensive asylum asks the government to revoke the deportation order and grant permission for them to stay in the United States.
Why Should I Apply for Asylum?
Being granted asylum allows you to remain in the United States legally, and it also gives you benefits, including the ability to apply for a Social Security card, authorization for employment, financial assistance, and possible refuge or asylum for your family members.
How Do I Get Asylum?
Applying for asylum is a process that involves several steps. First, you have to submit a completed application. You'll then have to undergo fingerprinting and a background check. Then you'll have an interview, after which you'll receive a decision.
If you are being persecuted or feel that you are in danger in your home country, contact Attorney Richa Malik. Richa will help guide you through the process of seeking asylum. Call her office at (206)-771-6207 for a free consultation or visit online.