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Asylum Lawyers in San Francisco

Helping You Understand Your Legal Options

If you are here in the United States and you fear returning to your home country, you may be eligible for asylum, withholding of removal, or relief under the Convention Against Torture Act. Our San Francisco asylum attorneys have extensive experience in this particular area of law. We can help you understand your options and determine the best course of legal action. We offer personalized, honest counsel and insight gained from nearly three decades of legal practice.

Contact our firm at (415) 300-2144 to schedule a consultation with an asylum lawyer. We offer services in English, Spanish, Cantonese, Portuguese, Arabic, and Russian.

What Is Asylum?

There are five categories under which you can obtain asylum. You may obtain asylum if you have a well-founded fear of future persecution on account of your:

  • Race
  • Nationality
  • Religion
  • Political opinion
  • Membership in a particular social group

Additionally, if you have experienced harm or fear harm on account of your sexual orientation, or domestic violence, you may be eligible for asylum.

Obtaining asylum can be very difficult, depending on your circumstances. Our office has substantial experience in preparing and successfully filing hundreds of asylum applications. There is no guarantee with any case, but having an experienced asylum attorney can help you build your case and prepare for your interview.

Withholding of Removal & Relief under the Convention Against Torture Act

These forms of relief are mandatory. If you have a bar preventing you from getting asylum (see below), you may want to consider applying for withholding of removal and relief under the Convention Against Torture Act. The basis of the claim is very similar to asylum, but the standard of proof is higher.

If you obtain refugee or asylum status, you may seek to adjust your status to a lawful permanent resident after being granted asylum status or being admitted as a refugee for at least one year.

Bars to Asylum

Timing in asylum cases is crucial. It is required that asylum cases be filed within one year of your last arrival to the United States. The application may be filed outside the one year period of time if the applicant can show changed circumstances that materially change the applicant’s eligibility for asylum, or extraordinary circumstances directly related to the delay in filing of the application.

Criminal history can affect a person’s eligibility for asylum. Different convictions can affect a case differently. If you have been arrested and convicted of crimes in the past and still wish to seek asylum, we advise that you seek an immigration attorney to determine the best way to approach your case.

Contact Our Asylum Office in San Francisco, CA

If you need assistance with an asylum related matter in San Francisco, you can trust our immigration attorneys to help you through the process. We offer consultations in our office to help determine if you are eligible for these forms of relief, or if there are other forms of relief you may be eligible for.

Contact our San Francisco asylum attorneys at (415) 300-2144 today or fill out an online contact form to request a consultation.

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