Many people who come to Pennsylvania from other nations do so to flee dangerous situations or persecution in their home countries. Their continued residence in the U.S. is a matter of preserving their safety from other people in their home countries or from their governments.
If you are seeking asylum in the U.S., you may have a variety of reasons for doing so. For instance, your country may be in social or political upheaval, and people who are members of your race, ethnic group or religion may be victims of vicious attacks. Your nationality, sexual orientation or membership in a political party or another social group may have precipitated state-sanctioned persecution against you.
Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to apply for asylum to avoid deportation to your home country. A person seeking asylum must generally apply for asylee status within one year of entering the U.S., but in some cases, this deadline does not apply. Our experienced immigration attorneys will evaluate your case to determine if you are eligible to seek asylum. We will discuss your background with you in order to help prepare you for your interview with immigration officials.
Our attorneys have helped immigrants apply for and achieve asylee status to leave situations marked by past persecution and to avoid similar situations in the future. We have experience in optimizing applications and proving to immigration authorities that dangerous environments in immigrants' home countries may endanger their lives should they be transported back. For more information on the services we provide, please see our page on asylum.
Source: Law Office of Troy J. Mattes, P.C., "Lancaster Asylum Lawyers", December 17, 2014