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Help For Asylum-Seekers Around The World

For millions of immigrants, the United States represents a safe haven from persecution in their home country. If you have suffered persecution or violence or face the threat of them in your native country, then the U.S. may be the right place for you to seek asylum.

At Bikkal & Associates, P.C., we work with people just like you who dream of seeking asylum in the U.S. For more than 35 years, our team of attorneys has exclusively practiced immigration law for clients in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. No matter your current status or your life circumstances, we have the knowledge to help you understand your options when it comes to asylum.

Petitioning For Asylum: What To Know

The asylum process is slightly different for everyone, but there are four major steps:

  1. Determine whether you qualify: Only refugees, or people who cannot return to their countries of origin for fear of persecution, qualify for asylum.
  2. File the petition: You must file an Application for Asylum And For Withholding Of Renewal (form I-589). You have up to one year after arriving in the U.S. to file your form I-589.
  3. Attend an interview: All applicants must go through an interview with an asylum officer. You will discuss issues such as your background and the situation in your home country.
  4. Receive the decision: An immigration judge will either approve or deny your petition. If you receive a denial, you have the right to file an appeal.

Having an attorney on your side is critical for this process. If you make a mistake, it could jeopardize your entire asylum petition. We can guide you through the steps while protecting your rights as an alien.

Ask For Help With Asylum

When your safety is on the line, having an experienced attorney on your side can mean all the difference in the world. Work with us at Bikkal & Associates, P.C., to have knowledgeable counsel as you seek asylum in the U.S. To schedule an initial consultation with one of our team members, please call our White Plains office at 914-683-5300 or send us an email.