An Overview Of Political Asylum


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The decision to seek asylum can be profoundly difficult. Most asylum seekers care deeply about their home countries despite the circumstances that compel them to seek protection elsewhere.

At the Law Offices of S. Ouya Maina, we understand that people seeking asylum in the United States feel vulnerable. They are fearful not only of going home but also of their uncertain futures here. If you are in this situation, please call our law firm today. We can explain your rights and your obligations, and we can help you through the process.

A person seeking asylum must submit an application to an immigration law officer, generally within one year of arriving in the United States. Even illegal aliens may apply for asylum. An applicant must demonstrate to the U.S. government that he or she has reason to fear being persecuted or punished in their home country based on one or more of the following factors:

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

A large amount of evidence is required to support an asylum application, and the asylum procedure can be complex. To minimize the uncertainties and expedite the process, working with an experienced immigration lawyer is essential.

At the Law Offices of S. Ouya Maina, we give our clients the personal attention they deserve as we thoroughly prepare each case:

  • We take a detailed statement in order to understand a client’s unique situation.
  • We substantiate our client’s claim for asylum.
  • We gather background information about the asylum seeker’s home country.
  • We maintain up-to-date files of background information on regions and countries throughout the world.
  • We carefully prepare a written statement to support our client’s claim for asylum.
  • Together with our client, we personally submit the application to the immigration judge or asylum officer.
  • While the application is pending, we continue to assist our clients as needed to make sure nothing happens to jeopardize their application. For example, if they need to leave and re-enter the United States while their application is pending we will help them to obtain the required permission.
  • If our client’s application for asylum is denied, we will appeal.
  • If our client is an illegal immigrant and his or her application for asylum is denied, we will continue to provide maximum support. Even an illegal immigrant facing deportation has legal rights prior to being removed from the country.
Samuel Maina, Esq.

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