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ASYLUM

The Law Office of Mary Teruya is committed to assist asylees and refugees applicant in obtaining permanent relief from persecution in their native countries. We can present asylum applications before the Immigration offices or at deportation proceedings.

Persons in the United States either lawfully or unlawfully can apply for asylum. An applicant for asylum must show either past persecution or a well-founded fear of future persecution based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group (which includes sexual orientation).

An asylum seeker must submit his or her application within one year of arriving in the United States. There are exceptions to the one-year deadline, including extraordinary circumstances and changed circumstances. Some examples of exceptions that have been accepted by the Asylum Office and the Immigration Court include serious illness, psychological difficulties, changes in the home country that increase the risk of persecution, changes in the applicant's status or activities that increase the risk of persecution, or maintenance of other lawful immigration status until a reasonable time before applying. This list is not exhaustive, and if you have missed the filing deadline but are afraid to return to your country, you should consult an immigration attorney as soon as possible.

The courts have recognized sexual orientation and/or transgender identity as a potential ground for asylum. If you were persecuted in your home country because of your sexual orientation or gender, or if you have "come out" in the United States and now fear returning home, you may have grounds for asylum, withholding of removal or relief under the Convention Against Torture.