Asylum & Humanitarian Immigration Attorney
Trusted Asylum & Humanitarian Immigration Lawyer in Frederick MD
Sentelle Law proudly represents individuals seeking asylum, refugee status or any type of humanitarian immigration. If you are in the United States, you may apply for asylum regardless of your country of nationality or current immigration status if you were persecuted or have a fear that you will be persecuted because of your race, nationality, religion, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. Asylum may be granted to someone who can qualify as a refugee under the definition established by the Immigration and Naturalization Act (INA).
U.S. immigration laws and policies in are rapidly evolving, especially when it comes to Asylum & Refugee Status. Sentelle Law’s immigration attorney and staff will assist you with completing the application, assembling evidence, and drafting a legal brief detailing your eligibility for asylum.
Call 301-662-5600 or send us a message to speak to an experienced immigration attorney about your asylum immigration case. Services are also available in Spanish.
Asylum, Refugee & Withholding of Removal
Experienced Humanitarian Immigration Law Firm
Refugee status is a form of protection that may be granted to people who meet the definition of refugee and who are of special humanitarian concern to the United States. Refugees are generally people outside of their country who are unable or unwilling to return home because they fear serious harm.
Asylum Status (including Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA):
- Meet the definition of refugee
- Are already in the United States
- Are seeking admission at a port of entry
You may apply for asylum in the US regardless of your country of origin or your current immigration status, and include your spouse and unmarried children under 21 years old.
Withholding of Removal
Withholding of removal is a form of narrower form of relief than asylum granted by an Immigration Judge that prevents an alien against whom a final order of removal has been entered from being removed to a specific country.
Convention Against Torture
If you cannot qualify for asylum, you may be eligible to apply for protection under the United Nations Convention Against Torture (CAT). Like withholding of removal, it can only be granted by an Immigration Judge, and not by an Asylum Office.
Battered Spouse, Children & Parents
As a battered spouse, child or parent, you may file an immigrant visa petition under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), as amended by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The VAWA provisions in the INA allow certain spouses, children, and parents of U.S. citizens and certain spouses and children of permanent residents (Green Card holders) to file a petition for themselves, without the abuser’s knowledge.
Individuals who are outside of the United States may be able to request parole into the United States based on humanitarian or significant public benefit reasons.
Temporary Protected Status
The Secretary of Homeland Security may designate a foreign country for TPS due to conditions in the country that temporarily prevent the country’s nationals from returning safely, or in certain circumstances, where the country is unable to handle the return of its nationals adequately.
Victims of Human Trafficking and Other Crimes
The US helps protect victims of human trafficking and other crimes by providing immigration relief through T Nonimmigrant Status (T Visa) and U Nonimmigrant Status (U Visa). These Visas allows victims to remain in the United States and assist law enforcement authorities in the investigation or prosecution of the criminal activity.
Natural catastrophes and other extreme situations can sometimes affect the processing of your USCIS application, petition, or immigration request. USCIS has discretion to take certain measures on a case-by-case basis upon request due to such circumstances.