Asylum and Refugee Status

       You may apply for asylum if you are at the U.S. border or have been in the U.S. for less than one year and have a legitimate fear of returning to your home country.  You may also apply for asylum if you are in Removal Proceedings.  To be eligible, you must have a “well-founded fear of persecution” and that fear must be on account of your political opinion, religion, race, nationality, or membership in a particular social group.  Additionally, the persecution you fear must be committed by the government of your home country or by a group the government is unwilling or unable to control.

       If you are outside of the United States and wish to come to the U.S. because you are unable or unwilling to return to your home country, you may be eligible to apply for refugee status.  Like asylum, to be eligible as a refugee, you must demonstrate a well-founded fear of persecution on account of your political opinion, religion, race, nationality, or membership in a particular social group.

       If you are granted asylum or refugee status, you may apply for Lawful Permanent Residence after one year.

William J. Flynn, III is a member of the Firm's Board of Directors and leader of the Immigration Practice Group. His practice includes a large immigration practice representing foreign nationals and U.S. corporations that employ foreign nationals. He represents clients before the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of State. Mr. Flynn is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Immigration and Nationality Law. Mr. Flynn is AV peer review rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He received his B.A. from Georgetown University and his J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from the State University of New York.