Orlando Asylum Attorneys
Compassionate, Dedicated Legal Assistance
If you have faced persecution in your home country or believe you will
become the subject of future persecution should you ever return, you will
likely seek safety wherever possible. Many turn to the United States,
a country that has long valued freedom of speech, religion, expression,
While the United States accepts those fleeing from persecution, obtaining
asylum status can be extremely difficult. Our Orlando asylum lawyers at
Angel Law Firm, PL can support you in this endeavor and do everything
possible to get you the protection that you need. Whether you are seeking
refugee status from abroad or have been detained at a border access point,
our team has the knowledge and experience to support you.
We can help you seek asylum or refugee protection. Call
(407) 337-8799 or
contact us online to discuss your case.
Qualifying for Asylum or Refugee Status
Asylum and refugee status effectively confer the same protections, but
how they are sought differs. One seeks asylum when they are already unlawfully
present in the United States. One can also seek asylum by presenting oneself
at the U.S. border. Refugees request protection while abroad and, if successful,
are permitted to enter the country.
In order to qualify for refugee, asylum status, or witholding of removal,
you will need to demonstrate that you are the victim of past persecution
or reasonably fear future persecution in either your home country or your
last country of residence. Persecution is generally defined as any act of harm, violence, or unlawful
Your fear of persecution must be rooted in one or some combination of the
- Your race
- Your religion
- Your nationality
- Your political beliefs
- Your membership in a particular social group
In other words, if you have been previously imprisoned, threatened, or
hurt as a result of your race, religion, nationality, political opinions,
or membership in a particular social group, you may be eligible for asylum
or refugee status in the United States. Should you have a legitimate reason
to believe you could be imprisoned or harmed should you return to your
home country due to one or more of these grounds, you may also qualify.
“Particular social groups” can encompass a number of categories
depending on the cultural and political climate of the home country. This
members of the LGBTQ community, family members of a political dissident, or certain ethnic groups. In
some cases, the U.S. will recognize women as a protected “particular
social group” if their continued or future presence in their home
country is likely to result in gendered violence.
Note that the fear of persecution does not necessarily have to be rooted
in your home country’s government. Paramilitaries, vigilantes, warring tribes, and other violent factions
can also qualify as reasons for legitimate fear if the government is unable
or unwilling to control them.
Proving the basis for your well-founded fear of persecution can be tremendously
challenging. An otherwise legitimate request for asylum or refugee status can be rejected
due to a lack of compelling evidence or argumentation. You must be able
to convincingly prove that any other person would have the same reasonable
fears of returning to your home country if they were in your position.
Credible witness testimony and other concrete pieces of evidence can support
can help you make your case.
Our Orlando asylum attorneys can evaluate the factors motivating you to
seek asylum or refugee status and determine if you have a case. We can
help you understand how the process works and the likelihood of achieving
a favorable outcome.