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Asylum, Refugee And Withholding Of Removal Lawyer In Colorado Springs

Asylum and refugee status is a designation provided by the Unites States to immigrants who can demonstrate that they have a credible fear of returning to their home countries because of past persecution, or because they have a well-founded fear of future persecution.

The difference between an “asylee” and a “refugee” is that an asylee is already in the United States, whereas a refugee is outside the U.S. but is trying to enter based upon the protections provided by asylum law.

To qualify for asylum, you must show:

 

You must apply for Asylum within one year of entering the United States. There are only a few exceptions to this rule, such as if there have been recent significant changes in the circumstances of your home country that would now qualify you for asylum.
Asylum may be used as a defense to deportation, but you do not have to be in deportation proceedings to apply for asylum. If you qualify for asylum, you will be able to live and work in the United States, and will be able to apply for permanent residence one year after receiving asylum status.

Withholding of Removal

Withholding of Removal is similar to asylum, but does not provide as many benefits or a permanent status. To qualify for withholding of removal, you must show that if you were deported to your home country, there is a clear probability that you would suffer persecution based on your race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. You may only apply for withholding of removal if you are in deportation proceedings.

Many people who do not meet the one-year filing requirement for asylum may qualify for withholding of removal. If you are granted withholding of removal, you will not be deported and will be able to work in the U.S., but you will not be able apply for adjustment of status to a permanent resident.

Asylum is very complicated, and should be discussed thoroughly with an attorney. Mistakes in the asylum process can have significant consequences, including long delays in the processing and even deportation.

Call us today at (719) 633-3377, or email us, to find out why the asylum attorney Josh Deere at Deere Law, LLC has received an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell® in Immigration Law; a Superb, 10 out of 10 rating in Immigration Law, and a “Client’s Choice” award from Avvo, a national lawyer rating service; and a Colorado Springs’ TOP ATTORNEYS award by Colorado Springs Style Magazine.