Asylum / Refugee

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The Law Office of Nathan Christensen Law has been highly successful in the past with asylum cases. Asylum is part of the reason we decided to practice immigration law. It is very rewarding to help someone, whose life may be in danger in his or her home country, have a better life here in the United States.

The problem with asylum is it is actually very difficult to obtain and most applications are denied. It is not given simply because your home country has a high crime rate. A person inside the U.S. may only be granted asylum if he or she can demonstrate a “well founded fear of persecution” based on (1) race, (2) religion, (3) nationality, (4) political opinion, or (5) membership in a particular social group.  The fear of persecution must be either by the government of his or her country or by a group that the government is unable or unwilling to control.  The ultimate result of asylum status is adjustment of status to permanent residence.

The applicant must apply for asylum within one year of entering the United States or be able to show that either the country conditions have changed or your personal circumstances have changed within the past year prior to your seeking asylum.  You may apply for asylum regardless of your immigration status, meaning that you may apply even if you are illegally in the United States.

This process is confusing and complex but you can be successful if done correctly.  It is important that you have the help of a qualified immigration attorney who knows how to apply for asylum on your side. At the Law Office of Nathan Christensen, we know many people may not qualify for asylum so we prefer to be honest during the initial consultation. At that time, our attorney will review your claim and will give you an honest assessment of your chances. If we find that your chances are good and you decide to move forward, we will do everything possible to help you be successful.