Asylum & Refugees

Asylum is a protection for people that come to the United States looking for safety because they have either experienced or have a fear of suffering persecution on account of their race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. Such cases can be filed affirmatively with the Asylum Office or defensively before the Immigration Court. 150 days after presenting their asylum application, an applicant is eligible to apply for employment authorization.

Asylum applications must be filed within the first year that the applicant enters the United States. There are exceptions to the rule if there are changed circumstances or extraordinary circumstances relating to the delay in filing the application.

The applicant is required to testify under oath regarding the truth of their application in order to meet the burden of proof. Testimony alone can be sufficient to sustain the applicant’s burden of proof if the testimony is credible.

If you are granted asylum, you may petition to bring your spouse and children to the United States. The children must be under 21 and unmarried. For more information regarding Rivera Julka’s work helping minors dealing with immigration issues, please visit our Juvenile Status page.

The attorneys of the Rivera Julka Law Group in Bay Shore, New York can assist with your asylum or refugee status.  Use the contact form below to request a consultation today.