If you have just arrived in the United States and are concerned about getting sent back to your country due to fear for your safety, you may be eligible for asylum. It is possible to get asylum in El Paso if you have concerns for your safety as a result of your political beliefs, or as a result of your race, nationality, religion, or membership in a political group.
If you believe you are eligible for asylum, you may be allowed to remain in the United States even if you do not have an immigration visa and even if you did not enter the country lawfully. You can file an application for asylum with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The appropriate form is called Form I-589, Application for Asylum and Withholding of Removal. You do not have to pay a fee to file this form or to submit an application for asylum in El Paso. Spouses and children who are in the United States may also be included on your asylum application.
Cynthia R. Lopez is an attorney with a focus on immigration matters who has helped many clients to apply for asylum in El Paso. If you need assistance completing your forms, or if you want help with the process of arguing for asylum, it is a good idea to speak with a lawyer who has a detailed understanding of the law.
When you apply for asylum in El Paso, you cannot apply for employment authorization at the same time, but may apply for this authorization once 150 days have passed. An experienced attorney can help you to get permission to work as well as getting permission to stay in the country due to fears you will be persecuted for your political beliefs.
Contact Cynthia R. Lopez today to learn more about asylum in El Paso and to get legal help with the process.