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Asylum Lawyer & Attorney
At Bueno Law we are an office of immigrants for immigrants.
Our attorneys & staff are talented immigration warriors with a deep passion for assisting the immigrant community through the asylum process and offering guidance on how to effectively navigate the complexities of the U.S. immigration system and your asylum case.
When you work with Bueno Law you will feel like you are part of a family, because we treat you like our family. Our team speaks English, Spanish, & Portuguese to best help you through your asylum case.
Who We Serve
Central American Immigrants
However, you may still be eligible to be represented by us if you do not consider yourself a part of these demographics. We encourage you to contact us if you have experienced violence, discrimination, threats, intimidation, or abuse in any form.
What is Asylum Law?
Asylum law is for those who have run away from their country of origin because of past persecution, and who are looking for safety in the United States. We represent clients in immigration court as well as before the Asylum Office.
Asylum is not available to all immigrants. For example, in order to qualify, you must provide sufficient evidence substantiating to one of the following:
You are a refugee
You are unable or unwilling to return to your country of nationality.
You are in danger of death, harm, or unjust imprisonment if you return to your country of birth.
Your inability or unwillingness to return to your country of nationality is due to persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of your racial background, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, nationality, membership in a particular social group, and so forth.
If you are a member of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community suffering from persecution or a well-founded fear of future persecution, then you may be eligible to seek asylum. According to U.S. immigration law, individuals identifying as LGBTQ would be eligible to seek asylum since they belong to a group of individuals who share a characteristic that has been persecuted because of their membership in that group. Individuals who are transgender, homosexual, or queer would be considered members of a qualifying group for asylum.
The primary objective for someone seeking asylum is to obtain a level of protection from the U.S. government so that they will not be forced to return to their home country. Members of the LGBTQ community seek asylum oftentimes due to chronic harassment, physical violence, and persecution in their home country. Bueno Law understands the anxiety and trauma associated with feeling such an environment. We are here to help and can assist in guiding you through the asylum process.
Please note that it is best to file the requisite documentation seeking asylum within one year of your entry into the United States.
The Asylum Process
The procedural steps necessary to apply for asylum include completing Form I-589, a document created and maintained by U.S. Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS). Once the Form I-589 is filed, you will be contacted for a USCIS interview (please note that it will typically take between one and three months after filing your I-589 to hear from USCIS). If you are in Immigration Court, your case will be filed with the court directly.
If the USCIS officer is satisfied that you have a legitimate claim for asylum, they will typically approve it. However, if there is any uncertainty or red flags raised by the officer, then your asylum case will be referred to a court for review and decision. This is a big reason why it is so important to have an experienced asylum lawyer on your side, ready to advocate for you. Retaining an asylum lawyer is also helpful during the preliminary phase of the process since an attorney can assist with compiling relevant documents, key pieces of evidence, and can offer guidance in properly completing the aforementioned Form I-589.
Challenges Faced by Warriors Seeking Asylum
If you are seeking asylum, then Bueno Law is here to help. We understand the pain, trauma, and anxiety associated with being bullied, harassed, threatened, and persecuted to the point where fleeing your native country is necessary. Bueno Law will work tirelessly on your behalf because we are a team of immigrants working for immigrants.
Case Study: Bueno Law’s Experience with Asylum Cases
We do not just talk about asylum cases; we proudly take them on and achieve results for members of our client-family. Take, for example, a client who was extremely nervous and unsure about hiring a lawyer. They did not know what to expect and were reticent about sharing sensitive pieces of information concerning their past. However, once they met Fernanda, their concerns were put at ease. The client described Fernanda as “very delicate, always very polite, very professional.” They went on to highlight the fact that she “was a good listener and gave me plenty of time to take breaths and collect myself.” We take the time to truly listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and offer guidance to try and alleviate your concerns.
Let Us Help You
At Bueno Law we stand ready to assist you in applying for asylum in San Rafael or San Diego. Contact us today to schedule a confidential consultation with one of our asylum lawyers.