A person who fears being harmed in the home country may seek asylum in the United States. Asylum requires a well-founded fear of persecution on the account of race, nationality, political opinion, religion, or membership in a particular social group.
Asylum is perhaps one of the most complex areas of immigration law. The law requires that an applicant file the asylum application within one year of entering the U.S. If a person waits too long to file, then the asylum application will be denied as untimely unless one of the limited exceptions apply.
It is for this reason that the firm strongly encourages individuals who fear harm in their home country to schedule a consultation well before the one-year deadline.