You may have heard the word “asylum” thrown around, but what does it really mean? Is it a way to receive your citizenship? As St. Louis immigration lawyer Jim Hacking explains, asylum is not as easy as it is often portrayed.
Asylum occurs when someone in the United States is afraid to return to his home country due to fear of prosecution for his religion, race, or ethnicity. Asylum is a mechanism by which the immigration service allows people to stay in the United States and eventually get a green card and citizenship.
While it may seem like an easy process, asylum is actually very difficult. You need to show persecution from the past, which is the best example of the threat of future persecution. It’s very powerful if you have people from your community standing behind you who understand and can attest to the kind of discrimination you have experienced. We sometimes also utilize expert witnesses who speak on the country’s conditions. By bolstering your application with as much evidence as possible and making your case as strong as possible, we will provide the asylum officer with less of a reason to say no.
If you believe you may be eligible for asylum, you need to speak with a St. Louis immigration lawyer. Contact our office to learn how we can help you stay safe on our shores.