Asylum and Withholding of Removal
Many individuals flee their home country because of fear. A person who is able to show that they would be persecuted because of their race, religion, nationality, political opinion or social group membership, may qualify for asylum or withholding of removal. An application for asylum usually has to be filed within one year of entry into the United States. There are other restrictions and requirements, and it is best to have a qualified immigration attorney to review your case before filing an application for asylum, due to the complexities in this area of law. One may have a legitimate fear of return to the home country, but the nature of the fear is important to a successful outcome.