Many immigrants leave their home countries in hopes of a better life in the United States. There are numerous valid reasons to want to relocate to America. Unfortunately, some people flee their countries because of the threat of oppression or bodily harm. If you are being persecuted or fear persecution because of your race, gender, religion or other factors, you may be eligible to apply for asylum or refugee status. The attorneys at Ronzio & Associates have a full understanding of asylum law and can help if you and your family are fleeing to this country for your own safety.
What does it mean to be a refugee or to gain asylum? These two terms are similar, but differ in when you apply. You would apply to the United States for refugee status before you’ve left your home country; however, if you’ve already reached U.S. borders or come into the country, you would need to apply for asylum status. If approved, both of these would allow you to remain indefinitely in the country, as well as to work and to apply for a green card.