If you want to apply for asylum, your case’s success will depend on many factors. You need to present your unique facts, evidence, and witness statements to demonstrate that you qualify. Our Miami immigration lawyers explain what you need to prove that you have an asylum case.
Gather Strong Evidence
The first thing you need to do is show that you meet the definition of “refugee,” meaning that you can’t return to your home country because you were persecuted there or because you fear persecution in the future. Your persecution needs to be inflicted because of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. You will also need to show that you were persecuted by your country’s government, whether the police, army, or other government officials, or by a nongovernmental group that the government isn’t able to control.
To sustain your claim of being a refugee, you need to explain how you were or would be hurt by the protected group. You will need to include names and places, along with any dates you remember. You should also include any information about friends or family members who have also been persecuted by the same group. Your case won’t get approved if you were hurt because of personal reasons.
Prove You Qualify for Asylum
Along with providing strong evidence of persecution in your home country, you need to demonstrate that you qualify for an asylum claim. You won’t qualify for asylum if you’ve done any of the following:
- Ordered, helped, or participated in persecuting another person because of their race, religion, nationality, membership in a social group, or political opinion
- Convicted of a particularly serious crime
- Arrested or charged with a non-political crime outside the U.S.
- Pose danger to the security of U.S. citizens
- A member of or have helped a terrorist group
- Filed for asylum more than one year after entering the U.S.
If you want to apply for asylum, you need an experienced attorney on your side who can help you demonstrate that you qualify, and you have sufficient evidence. Call our Miami immigration lawyers today at (305) 858-2323 to schedule a consultation!