St. Petersburg Asylum Attorneys
Helping Clients Find Safety in the U.S.
Asylum may be granted under United States law to foreign nationals unable to return to their country due to prosecution based on specific protected categories. This area of the law is highly complex, and an experienced asylum lawyer can help you present your case effectively. At Rios Immigration Law Firm, our St. Petersburg asylum lawyers have supported clients applying for asylum since 1978.
Eligibility for Asylum
People who have been in the United States for less than one year may be eligible to apply for asylum, so long as their situation meets all legal requirements. In order to obtain asylum, a foreign national must have suffered past persecution or have a well-founded fear of future persecution based on specific eligible asylum classes.
The eligible classes for asylum include:
- Political opinion
- Membership in a social group
Those arriving in the United States may request asylum at the port of entry. Those already in the United States must file an application for asylum within a year of arrival in the country. Immediate family members can be named in the application for asylum, including spouses and unmarried children who are under 21 years old. You can include immediate family members, whether they are present in the country or still in your home country.
Presenting Your Case Effectively
In order to have your application approved, you need to prove that you experienced or have a warranted fear of persecution. Many people find this extremely difficult because evidence often remains in the home country. Our St. Petersburg asylum attorneys can help you gather evidence and present your case to the immigration judge or asylum officer.
We can help prepare your case to:
- Demonstrate your eligibility for asylum
- Include all required documentation
- Show corroborating evidence
- Include supporting statements from witnesses
- Prepare a declaration of prosecution
Asylum law is highly complex and technical. You will need to meet many requirements and follow specific steps in the process. Failing to properly navigate the system can lead to an application denial. Our qualified and knowledgeable immigration team can help you understand the process and complete all required steps.
Well-Versed in Immigration Law
There is a great deal of confusion surrounding asylum law, so having the right legal representation is vital. Our asylum lawyers in St. Petersburg have extensive litigation experience and knowledge of all aspects of asylum law, and we have helped many clients successfully navigate the process. Our staff is a big family that genuinely cares about our clients.
If you are applying for asylum, have been denied asylum, or are facing removal proceedings, don’t hesitate to contact our law firm to discuss your case. We offer affordable consultations, so you can discuss your case with an attorney and learn about your legal options. We can communicate with our clients in many languages, including English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Tagalog.
“We had a tricky immigration case from the get-go, which only got trickier as time went on. Art was with us every step of the way and stayed positive, yet realistic when we began to lose hope. I can't recommend Art enough.”- Christi
“Mr. Rios is the best immigration lawyer I have ever met, and I met with a few. Don't waste your time going anyplace else. Mr. Rios is the master and the expert, that is why he is a law school professor! Thank you for everything Mr. Rios.”- Client
“Mr. Rio has been handling my case of a U visa. I did not have any prior knowledge of how it works, that being a victim of a crime can actually help me get the immigration status but after I consulted him on this he explained to me the process.”- Client