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Seeking Asylum under U. S. Immigration Law

By The Law Office of Tony E. Parada  Dec. 23, 2013 2:41p

Asylum may be sought in the United States by refugees per laws under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Per this Act, a refugee is defined as someone who is unable or unwilling to avail himself or herself of the protection of his or her home or native country because of "persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion." Persecution is not specifically defined under U. S. immigration law but certain actions and behaviors have been universally recognized as persecution, including physical harm or abuse, such as kidnapping, torture, assault, or detention or confinement; prosecution or punishment that is excessive for the alleged offense; serious prejudice or discrimination which can include economic abuse; extortion of the individual; and medical or mental health "treatment" forced or coerced upon the person.

The persecution that the applicant fears must be from the government of his or her home country or from persons or groups in that country who are not under the control of the government. The refugee applying for asylum must prove that he or she meets this definition of refugee; providing documented evidence and other testimony will help to substantiate claims made in the application for asylum. A refugee in the U. S. with a spouse and children may include his or her family in the application for asylum. Those individuals whose spouse and children are not in the U.S. can petition to bring them to this country once their application for asylum has been successfully concluded.

Immigration Attorney in Houston, Texas

The rules and regulations regarding asylum, adjustment of status, various types of visas, and other immigration matters are often complicated. If you have any type of immigration issue, you should rely on an immigration lawyer who is experienced in handling these cases on a daily basis. The Law Office of Tony E. Parada, based in Houston and serving clients throughout the United States, is dedicated to the area of immigration law.

Mr. Parada and his staff understand the confusion, uncertainty, and stress involved in all immigration issues, from the threat of deportation to obtaining lawful permanent residency. This can be especially so for individuals whose first language is not English. Legal services at this firm are provided in both Spanish and English. The legal team will ensure that you thoroughly understand the process as your case progresses through the immigration system. Contact the firm to arrange for a consultation with Mr. Parada about your immigration matter and to learn what needs to be done to resolve it as efficiently as possible.

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