You fled your home country to the United States to get away from persecution. You arrive in America, hoping to start a new life. But unfortunately, you came into the country illegally and you’re afraid if you are captured by the ICE, you will be deported. Is there a legal way to protect you and your family?
One method you can try is to apply for asylum. This is legal protection granted to any immigrants who have reason why they can’t return to their home country. Some of the reasons a person is granted asylum because you are being persecuted because of your race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership to a particular group. It doesn’t matter if you arrived in this country illegally or as a refugee – asylum can be granted as long as you meet the requirements.
However, it is difficult to obtain asylum in the U.S. and it’s very easy to be denied. It’s important to know what can disqualify you from the process even before you begin the application:
- If you can be removed from the country to a safe third country that has a treaty or agreement with the U.S.
- If you were previously denied asylum
- You have been in the U.S. for at least a year and had failed to submit an application during that time (unless there are certain circumstances)
It’s also important to remember that in order to apply for asylum, you need to be physically present in the U.S. or are currently seeking entrance. But before doing so, it’s extremely important to speak with an experienced immigration attorney who can help you with the process.
However, if you are granted asylum, this means you have the legal authority to remain in the U.S. and you won’t have to fear getting deported. You can then apply for permanent resident or a green card after one year of being granted asylum.
If you have a loved one who is being detained by ICE in Houston for being in the country illegally, we can help. Contact Freedom Federal Bonding Agency today for more information.