Los Angeles Asylum Lawyer

Maison Law Immigration can support your family through the entire immigration process, including seeking asylum in Los Angeles. We know how important this can be for the stability of your family, so if you’re trying to navigate the process and want to know more about your options, contact us today to set up an initial consultation.

Do You Need a Lawyer For Asylum?

Whether you need an immigration lawyer for asylum depends on your situation and circumstances. While it’s possible to apply for asylum without a lawyer, having our team on your side can greatly increase your chances of success. We understand how the process works and can:

  • Guide you through the application
  • Gather necessary documentation
  • Prepare you for interviews
  • Represent you in court if needed

Again, you’re not actually required to have our team represent you in the asylum process. But given how important–and confusing–it can be, remember to take every advantage you can.

Asylum Procedure in Los Angeles

If you’re currently in Los Angeles, you may be wondering what the procedure is for seeking asylum under the regulations of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Asylum, at least in terms of immigration, refers to:

  • Protection for people who had to leave their home countries because they were being harmed or were afraid of being harmed due to things like their race, religion, nationality, belonging to a certain social group, or political beliefs.

Procedurally, seeking asylum in Los Angeles is the same as it is in other parts of the country:

  • Filing the Asylum Application (Form I-589) – You must submit Form I-589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal within one year of your arrival in the United States.

  • Background checks – After submitting your application, you’ll be scheduled for a biometrics appointment where your fingerprints, photograph, and signature will be taken for background checks.

  • Interview with USCIS asylum officer – You’ll attend an interview with a USCIS asylum officer. During the interview, you’ll provide information about why you are seeking asylum and any supporting evidence.

  • Notice to Appear (NTA) – If your asylum application is denied by USCIS and you are in removal proceedings, you’ll receive a Notice to Appear before an immigration judge. At the hearing, you’ll present your case before an immigration judge who will decide whether you qualify for asylum. You may also appeal the judge’s decision if necessary.

  • Approval or denial – If your asylum application is approved, you’ll be granted asylum status and may apply for a green card after one year. If your application is denied, you may be eligible for other forms of relief or may need to leave the country.

You can apply for asylum either directly with USCIS if you’re not facing deportation, or in court before a judge if you are. If granted asylum, you can live and work in the U.S., and later apply for a green card and full citizenship.

Why Would You Need Asylum?

Given that asylum gives you or other members of your family a certain level of protection and safety, it’s clear why certain individuals would seek asylum in Los Angeles. Still, there’s several benefits to this particular immigration program:

  • People from all over the world live in Los Angeles, which can help you feel like you belong and get help from others who understand their situation.
  • Asylum seekers in Los Angeles can get help with things like healthcare, finding a place to live, learning English, and getting ready for a job.
  • Different groups in Los Angeles offer support to asylum seekers, like talking with them, being a mentor, and organizing fun activities, to help them adjust to life in a new place.
  • Los Angeles has lots of different types of jobs, so you can find work and be a part of the community.
  • Los Angeles is full of different cultures, which can help you learn about new ways of life and feel more at home in your new city.

Regardless of your reasoning for needing asylum, our team at Maison Immigration will help you as best we can to make sure you have a successful application. If, for some reason, you need further help, we’ll be there to support you.

Maison Immigration Can Help You

Facing any part of the immigration process can be challenging, especially if you struggle with the language or lack a support system in Los Angeles. At Maison Immigration, we take pride in our ability to support our clients in these situations. To learn more about asylum or any other immigration programs, contact us today to set up a consultation.