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Political Asylum/Refugee Status

Individuals who are in the United States and fear returning to their native countries as a result of persecution based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group may be eligible for permanent residence status through a request for asylum. In order to qualify, an individual must request political asylum within his or her first year in the United States. Once they are granted political asylum or refugee status, a foreign national may then apply for lawful permanent residence.

If you are seeking asylum in the United States, it is imperative that you contact a knowledgeable attorney. Even the smallest contradictions during your hearing, the smallest mistake on paperwork, one wrong word during your interview with an asylum officer, or one missed deadline may hinder your chances of receiving asylum.

Katya Sverdlov can advise you on the best course of action to obtain asylum, will visit you in a detention ceter, and assist with the bail hearing, interview with asylum officer and full hearing in front of an immigration judge. I am available throughout the length of the application process to answer your questions and address any issues that may arise.


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