Are you living in the United States because you are afraid that you will be persecuted in your home country? Have you been harmed in your country and are afraid to go back? Are you worried about returning to your country because the conditions are still unsafe for you? You may be eligible for asylum as a form of relief.

To be eligible for asylum, you must demonstrate that you have a well-founded fear of persecution in your home country based on at least one of five grounds:

  • Race
  • Religion
  • Nationality
  • Membership in a particular social group (which may include gender or sexual orientation), or
  • Political opinion

The fear of persecution must be either by the government of his country or by a group that the government is unable to control.

Certain criminal convictions and the passage of time before you file an application for asylum can prevent you from being eligible. In these circumstances, it is important to consult an attorney before filing for asylum to ensure that you are not jeopardizing your status in the United States.

If you are in removal proceedings, you may apply for withholding of removal and for relief under the Convention Against Torture (CAT). In order to qualify for withholding of removal, you must demonstrate that it is more likely than not that you will be persecuted if you are forced to return to your country.

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We have more than 15 years of experience as immigration attorneys. We provide caring and compassionate service, listening to your story and explaining the options you have. From our office in Takoma Park, Maryland, we represent clients around the corner and around the world.

Call 301-270-2640 or contact us online to schedule an appointment to discuss your immigration concerns. The consultation fee will be waived if you retain us as your attorney.

At the law offices of Mark J. Shmueli, our attorneys help clients find solutions to their immigration matters in the Washington, DC metro area, including Takoma Park, the District of Columbia. Silver Spring, Bethesda, Montgomery County, Prince Georges County, as well as nationwide and around the world.

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