Individuals who believe that they are unable to return to their native countries because they have suffered persecution or have a reasonable fear that they will suffer persecution in the future due to their race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion may qualify for asylum, which allows an individual from another country to remain in the United States. While many people confuse refugee status with asylum, the two are different, as asylum seekers must be physically present in the United States in order to apply for asylum.
Applications for asylum are decided on a case-by-case basis, so it is important for those seeking asylee status to ensure that they provide immigration authorities with complete and accurate documentation and information regarding their situations.
The information provided below is intended to answer some of the most frequently asked questions regarding asylum in the United States. For more information or for specific advice regarding your situation, call our office to speak with an immigration attorney today.
In order to apply for asylum, a person must be physically present in the United States and file his or her application within one year of arrival, subject to certain limited exceptions. In order to apply, you must file Form I-589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal with the appropriate service center, which for those in Illinois is the Nebraska Service Center. The form requires a significant amount of information about the applicant’s background, including information about the persecution that was suffered or feared, his or her family history, work history, and criminal history. Applicants must support their application with detailed testimony regarding their fear of return to their home country, and as much supporting documentation as possible. Applicants are required to attend an interview with a trained Asylum Officer regarding their application.
Yes. Individuals who have been granted asylum may legally work in the United States. Most asylees should also obtain Employment Authorization Documents for the purpose of identification or convenience for use with potential employers. In addition, people who have not yet been granted asylum may be eligible for employment authorization if the following facts are true:
Unfortunately, a wide range of actions may be considered the filer’s fault and may stop the accrual of time. Therefore, it is important to seek the advice of a qualified attorney.
People who have been granted asylum may apply for a green card (which grants permanent resident status) after one year. In addition, family members who have obtained derivative asylum may also apply for a green card. Obtaining a green card is an essential part of the path to full citizenship, as individuals who have had a permanent resident status for five years and are otherwise eligible may apply for naturalization.
Individuals who are seeking asylum in the United States should consult with an experienced immigration lawyer as soon as possible. The assistance of an attorney can have a direct impact on whether or not your application for asylum is accepted and can often help avoid any potential issues that may arise. To schedule a consultation with one of our Chicago asylum attorneys, call Kriezelman Burton & Associates, LLC today at 312-332-2550.
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"I applied for citizenship and spoke to a few attorneys before meeting Kevin. Kevin is very knowledgeable as he has quite a few years in his practice. The atmosphere was always relaxed when working with Kevin, whether over the phone, via email or in person. When the time came for the interview with the immigration officer, that worked well too. Kevin and the officer knew each other. Kevin wrote up a very nice summary of my application for the officer to read. I am happy to say that I am now a citizen and if I choose to use the services of an attorney when I file for my wife-to-be, I will use Kevin and his firm. Thank you Kevin!"
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"I have dealt with few immigration attorneys in the past and even had a consultation with Justin Burton. I did not choose Justin or anyone from his office at the time and it was a mistake on my end. It is exciting to see how professionally and with precision they are handling my case now. I was very fortunate to meet Brittni Riviera, since my case was transferred to her. She is the best immigration lawyer I have ever met. Her knowledge, helpfulness, sharpness and respect gave me confidence in my case and realistic understanding of what is waiting for me in the future. My case is not over yet, but I know that Justin, Brittni and their team is what I need. Strongly recommend to consider them in any of your immigration matters."
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"I sought the help of attorney Matt Kriezelman on an immigration case very important to me and my family. Every minute of working with him was an absolute pleasure. Not only did Matt meet with me for every single question and concern that I had (and I had very many) , but he did so on several occasions even after his business hours were over. He has helped me understand every paper that he filed, every law that would apply to our case and every single problem that we might encounter. Needless to say, every problem that we did encounter, Matt resolved effortlessly, or at least he made it seem effortless. He spent countless hours on our case and we just purchased my aunt's one way ticket to the United States from Serbia, which compelled me to write this review. My family will forever be grateful to Matt Kriezelman for taking on our case and uniting us."
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"Very professional people highly organized very helpful. I'm very pleased working with them . I would highly recommend working with them if you have any kind of immigration issues."
"The way that my wife and I met Attorney Kriezelman was nothing short of a miracle. We got a reference from a Social Worker at the clinic we were attending while my wife was pregnant and pretty much told us to go to some Downtown address. We waited for what seemed like forever not knowing who was coming or what to expect. When Attorney Kriezelman did show up, he asked us some questions - pretty much asking who we were. At the end of the meeting he said there shouldn't be any problems with the immigration process. The following week we signed some papers at his office. A couple weeks after that, we had a hearing and we were approved. My wife got her residency card like 2 months later. What a blessing! God bless Attorney Kriezelman!"
"My husband and I visited 2 local immigration lawyers before meeting with Erin. We live about 3 hours from Chicago in Indiana. Within minutes of meeting Erin we knew she was going to be the one to help our family. She was warm, welcoming, very patient as we asked a lot of questions over and over. You could tell that she was very passionate about helping others. If it wasn't for her help we wouldn't be where we are today. Driving 3 hours just to see her was well worth it. We would do it a million times over again! If you are looking for an immigration attorney, I very highly recommend her!"
"Justin Burton and his ENTIRE team are amazing! I first went to Justin a few years ago because I had accidentally missed my interview date with immigration and I did not know what to do nor what was going to happen next. If it weren't Justin, I would still be dealing with the long and tiring immigration process. Justin and his team are extremely knowledgeable and caring. They are very respectful and let you know exactly what the process will be like! I was so pleased with Justin that I asked him to help me with my parent's case just recently. Needless to say, everything has been successful all thanks to Justin Burton and his team!"
"This is the best guy in town. no doubts about that.he worth every money we spend on him. Im not gonna go thru all story but enough to say 5 different lawyers i visit before him was giving me a zero chances for me. Bets man i town!!!!"
"Erin Cobb did an excellent job helping my wife obtain legal permanent resident status in the US. She and her team prepared us for the expected hurdles, walked us through the application process, filed the necessary DHS applications, and finally attended our in-person interview for her Green Card. Her estimated timeline was accurate and there were no surprises. Thanks Erin."
"Justin was recommended to thorough a friend that does professional corporate hiring abroad , krilaw handles all their immigration processes for them. Justin and staff won my case where a couple lawyers failed to deliver. Krilaw is a structured professional kind firm, I have sent them numerous referrals since a started working with them. If you know lawyers and been through a few you will see the difference and appreciate them from the start, and if you haven't hired an attorneys service before you will appreciate their care and patients. No matter how much I rant here it won't serve them justice, go get a consultation, and you will see what I'm talking about."
"We hired Justin Burton in 2012 for an immigration matter for my husband. He let us know right away what to expect, and everything has worked out as he explained every step of the way. Everyone at the office has been accommodating and helpful. The times that he has been unavailable by phone, there has always been someone else there to help us out. We have no problem paying for a service when we are getting what we want in the end."
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