Can I Get Asylum in the United States of America?

Many people from around the world come to the United States for better lives. That said, some people have virtually no choice other than to flee from their native countries to the United States so they can escape persecution or some sort of imminent danger. If you find yourself in this situation, you may wonder whether you’ll qualify for what’s known as “asylum” in the United States. Please continue reading and reach out to a seasoned Middlesex County, New Jersey asylum lawyer from the Law Offices of Aditya Surti, LLC to learn more about how this process works, whether you qualify, and how we can help. Here are some of the questions you may have:

How do I know if I qualify for asylum here in the United States?

To qualify, you’ll need to prove that you have either suffered persecution or there is a very real threat that you will suffer persecution due to one or more of the following:

  • Your race
  • Your religion
  • Your political affiliation
  • Membership in a particular social group
  • Your nationality

Once you’ve entered the United States, you’ll need to file Form I-589 (you must do so within one year of your arrival), which our legal team can help you with. You may also apply for authorization to work here in the United States within 150 days of filing the application. Note also that if you are the spouse or an unmarried child under the age of 21, you may also travel with the asylee as long as their petition was approved.

What is defensive asylum?

When someone is looking to use asylum as a defense from deportation, it is known as defense asylum. If you’re currently in removal proceedings in immigration court with the EOIR, it is paramount that you retain competent legal representation who can fight for your future here in the United States.

To learn more about how the process works and how our legal team may be able to help you through it, please don’t hesitate to reach out to a seasoned New Jersey immigration lawyer from our legal team at once. We’re prepared to do everything in our power to assist you through the process ahead.


Whether you’re facing a legal matter concerning immigration, family law, criminal law, or otherwise, our firm is here to help. Contact the Law Offices of Aditya Surti, LLC today.

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