An individual may apply for asylum within one year after arriving to the United States. An asylum application must show he or she suffered persecution or has a well-founded fear of future persecution on account of a protected ground (i.e. political opinion, member of a particular social group, race, religion, or nationality). An affirmative asylum applicant will have an interview before an asylum officer of USCIS. The asylum officer may either grant the application or refer the case to Immigration Court for further proceedings.
If you feel you are a victim of persecution in your home country, contact the Law Office of Jacob L. Ratzan, P.A. for full consultation on whether it is appropriate to file an application for asylum.