The United States has a long tradition of offering asylum to immigrants who have fled from persecution, and Colorado is a welcoming home to many people seeking a safer life in this country. At Robert S. McCormick, Attorney at Law, I assist asylum applicants with the process of pursuing legal authorization to live and work in the United States. I can help you complete your application correctly, advise you on the application process and defend your application against pushback from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). My offices are located in Grand Junction and Durango.
Asylum is legal protective status for foreign nationals who have entered the United States. This status is available to people who have suffered persecution or have a well-founded fear of future persecution in their home country. Actual or threatened mistreatment against the asylum-seeker must be based on his or her race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group.
Persecution includes several types of offensive acts, such as:
Whether you or someone you know is fleeing war, ethnic cleansing, an oppressive governments or some other hardship, I am prepared to listen to your story and determine which of your life experiences will give you the best grounds for a strong asylum case. My firm can also advise you on the type of evidence that will best support your application, and help prepare and submit the necessary documents.
To seek asylum status, you must file Form I-589, Application for Asylum within one year of your arrival in the United States. Your application should include detailed information about the type of persecution you’ve faced or feared. You should also provide supporting evidence to show that your fear is based on real danger.
Once USCIS receives your application, you will need to be fingerprinted and must complete a background check. This will be followed by a separate interview with an asylum officer. You may bring along an immigration attorney and an interpreter to your interview, and you will need to bring any immediate family members who are also seeking asylum status. Typically, USCIS issues a decision on an asylum application about two weeks after the interview.
You will be able to reside in the United States without fear of deportation while your application is pending. The asylum process usually takes up to 180 days from the time an application is submitted to the time the application is approved or denied. As your attorney, I will be by your side, offering strong support throughout every step of the process.
Unfortunately, many asylum applications are denied. If your application is denied, you will be referred to Immigration Court. In a hearing before a judge, an attorney from the Department of Homeland Security may argue that you should be deported. I vigorously fight denials in Immigration Court, handle appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals and take cases to federal court when warranted. My goal is to help you avoid an unfair and dangerous removal to your country of nationality.
At Robert S. McCormick, Attorney at Law, I assist immigrants with U.S. asylum applications, interviews and appeals. With offices in Grand Junction and Durango, I represent clients throughout the Colorado and elsewhere. To schedule your free initial consultation, call 833-880-7192 or contact me online.