Seeking Asylum or Refugee Status as an LGBTQ Individual
Many countries throughout the world are not tolerant of LGBTQ identities and orientations. Some even prosecute, imprison, and punish LGBTQ populations. If you have a well-founded fear that your sexual orientation or gender identity may lead to future persecution in your home country, you may be eligible for asylum or refugee status in the United States.
To qualify for asylum, you must prove that you legitimately fear you could be harmed or imprisoned as a result of your race, religion, nationality, political beliefs, or membership in a particular social group. Though sexual orientation and gender identities are not explicitly named, they are in many cases covered as a “particular social group,” especially if your home country is known to be intolerant of LGBTQ individuals.
We can assist you in pursuing asylum or refugee protection if you believe that your LGBTQ status will result in your persecution should you return to your home country. If you are already in the United States and are placed in removal proceedings, we may be able to help you avoid deportation by requesting asylum on these grounds.
LGBTQ Hate Crime Protections
If you are in the United States without legal status and are the victim of an LGBTQ-related hate crime or another serious criminal matter, you should consider reporting the offense to the police. While doing so could expose your undocumented status, survivors of qualifying crimes can sometimes be afforded deportation protection and additional immigration options. We can assess your situation and determine if this is the best course of action.
Our Orlando LGBTQ immigration lawyers at Angel Law Firm, PL has experience helping our clients overcome numerous obstacles related to their gender identity or sexual orientation. If you are experiencing any difficulty in seeking an immigration benefit as a result of your LGBTQ status, we are prepared to help.