Many people have seen asylum as simply another immigration process, but in reality, it is an issue of maintaining human rights for foreign nationals around the world. Our California immigration team tells you what you need to know about asylum below.
What is Asylum?
Asylum is a type of legal status given to immigrants in the pursuit of protection from persecution in their country of origin. There are specified circumstances in which an individual is eligible for asylum, including persecution on the basis of:
- Sexual orientation
- Political attitude
- Affiliation with a particular group
Upon arriving in the United States, individuals falling under the above-mentioned categories are given one year to apply for asylum. Not only must they apply for asylum, but they must also be able to provide comprehensive documentation and evidence of the persecution they have endured as part of a lengthy interview process.
How Asylum Saves Lives
Asylum truly does save lives. The reality is that not all countries provide the same rights and freedoms to their citizens as those here in the United States. In many cases, there is also almost nothing preventing those who wish to persecute others. There are countless people who have been fired from their jobs, disowned by their friends and family, and even killed on the basis of circumstances that are oftentimes not even under their control.
Those granted asylum in the U.S. are also able to stay here indefinitely so they are able to work and make a living in their new environment. This is also one of the biggest benefits available to asylum seekers. It allows for the opportunity to eventually apply for lawful permanent residency and even citizenship to gain the full rights and benefits of being a United States citizen, ensuring they are protected for the rest of their lives.
Get in Touch With Zadykyan Law Today
We can never fully understand the persecution and abuse you or a loved one has endured in their home country. That’s why we are committed to finding creative and effective strategies to help you gain the safety you truly deserve.
If you or a loved one wishes to seek asylum in the United States, don’t hesitate to contact Zadykyan Law today through our website or give us a call at (818) 600-6322 to schedule your free consultation!