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Political Asylum

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Seeking Political Asylum in the United States

The U.S. government offers political asylum and refugee status to those fleeing persecution or who fear future persecution or harm. These special immigration statuses are meant to offer shelter and humanitarian aid to those in need. If you are seeking political asylum or refugee status in the United States, Morales & Sparks can provide expert guidance and legal counsel.

We serve as foreign refugee immigration attorneys in Austin, Texas, as well as San Antonio and surrounding Central Texas communities. We may be able to help you if you’re seeking citizenship, a green card or asylee status through an asylum application. No matter your situation or where you’re coming from, we treat you like a member of our own family.

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Gaining Refugee Status

If you’re seeking refugee status in the United States, you must meet certain conditions. These conditions include:

  • The UN Refugee Agency or U.S. Embassy must refer you, or you must be a member of a group listed by the United States as possessing special characteristics in certain countries. This list is available through U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
  • You must not have already resettled in another country. If you have been offered residence or citizenship in another country, you are ineligible for refugee status in the United States.
  • You must not be a relative of a U.S. citizen or special immigrant. If you are, you must use the visa immigrant process instead.
  • You must not be living in the United States. If you are, you must use the political asylum process described below.

If you meet the conditions listed above, the process of gaining refugee status includes a face-to-face meeting with the UN Refugee Agency, U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate. You will fill out paperwork and then wait for approval or rejection of your status.

Successfully Applying for Political Asylum

If you fear persecution upon removal from the United States, you may petition to stay by asking for political asylum. The process of successfully applying for political asylum includes filling out the Form I-589. You must not have been in the United States for more than a year, except under special circumstances.

As with refugee status, we may be able to help you successfully apply for political asylum in the United States. While the process is complicated, we are your go-to political asylum immigration lawyers in Austin, Texas.

Why Morales & Sparks?

It starts with our team. Mark Morales and Julie Sparks are experienced and knowledgeable lawyers who provide compassionate and expert services to those seeking refugee or political asylum status in the United States. We may be able to help your case reach the best possible outcome, while treating you like family every step of the way.

The U.S. immigration and citizenship processes are complicated, which is why it’s important for you to secure a team of professionals who understand them and can help you navigate through the complications. Morales & Sparks are trusted legal advisors for foreign refugees in Austin, Texas and communities throughout Central Texas.

Contact us today to secure an experienced and compassionate political asylum and refugee status attorney in Austin, Texas.

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