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Political Asylum

If you have suffered persecution or have a reasonable fear that you will suffer persecution, then The Law Offices of Diron Rutty is here to help you explore the possibility of applying for political asylum. As your trusted family and immigration lawyer in the Bronx, we take any persecution or threat of persecution that you or your family has confronted seriously. You may include your spouse or children on your application for political asylum.

Political asylum can be a direct route for you and your family to remain in the U.S. free from persecution. Contact The Law Offices of Diron Rutty, LLC for assistance in applying. We are here to help. Keep reading to learn more about political asylum and the options that may be best for you.

Reasons Why You Can
Seek Political Asylum

People can seek political asylum in the United States for a variety of reasons. According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), an individual may be granted asylum if they have suffered persecution or fear they will suffer persecution due to:

  • Race or Ethnicity
  • Religious Beliefs
  • National Origin
  • Political Views
  • Membership in Certain Social Groups

It’s important to note that these categories can encompass a wide range of specific and vague situations. For example, “membership in a particular social group” can include people who are persecuted because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or membership in a certain profession or social class. “Political opinion” can refer to being persecuted based on your political beliefs, affiliations, or activism.

What to Know Before Seeking Asylum in US

What Does the United States
Consider Persecution?

To be under the threat of persecution and be considered for political asylum in the United States, you must be at risk of serious harm. “Serious harm” can be anything that threatens someone’s life and/or freedoms or that of someone in their household. You could seek political asylum because your partner or children are being persecuted, but not because of your neighbor or friend. This serious harm can take the form of:

  • Physical violence or torture: This could involve beatings, sexual assault, or other forms of physical abuse.
  • Psychological harm: This could include threats, harassment, forced isolation, or the intentional infliction of emotional distress.
  • Inhumane or degrading treatment: This could involve conditions that seriously compromise a person’s dignity or mental health.
  • Denial of basic human rights: This could include restrictions on freedom of speech, assembly, or religion, denial of access to education or healthcare, or discrimination in employment or housing.

Who is Committing the Persecution?

Simply being harassed or threatened by your neighbors is not enough to be considered persecution. The persecution must be carried out by the government or by forces the government is unable or unwilling to control. An example of the latter would be a cartel, terrorist group, or political party that the government is unable to combat.

The asylum seeker must also demonstrate that they are unable or unwilling to return to their home country because of this persecution.

The Requirements For Political Asylum

The United States has several requirements for those who are seeking political asylum. They may make exceptions, but for the most part, each person or family group must meet these conditions:

Presence in the U.S.

To apply for asylum, you must be physically present in the U.S. or at a port of entry. This could also include seeking entry into the U.S. at a port of entry such as a land border, major seaport, and international airport.

Application Form

You need to file Form I-589 – Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal – within 1 year of arrival.

Evidence of Persecution

In the case of past persecution, you must prove that you were persecuted, or at least have had a reasonable fear of being persecuted in your home country or last country of residence. This proof can include witnesses, photographs, videos, and correspondences that record the incidents or threats of persecution. You must also have proof of your membership in a particular social group if it is not on the basis of race, religion, national origin, or gender identity/sexual orientation.

Identity and Nationality Proof

Documents showing your proof of identity and nationality are required. This is to protect against someone using a stolen identity to seek asylum. A written declaration detailing the reasons for seeking asylum, a photograph, and country condition reports are also needed.

Contact Our Political Asylum
Attorneys to Find Safety For You and Your Family

Political asylum is not something that someone can casually seek. It’s a serious status of residency where you are receiving protection from the U.S. against persecution in your home country. This isn’t protection from being harassed or from poverty but from threats to your life and the lives of your family. Don’t take any chances you don’t have to, and get the legal assistance you need so you receive political asylum as soon as possible. Every second counts.

The attorneys at The Law Offices of Diron Rutty, LLC have extensive experience with helping potential asylum seekers find the safety they need. We are available in New York City at (718) 663-4404 and in White Plains at (315)-613-0121. We operate under strict rules of confidentiality. Get in touch with us by filling out our contact form and a member of our team will contact you to arrange for your free consultation.

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