Asylum

Experienced Asylum, Withholding, and Convention Against Torture Attorney

Generally, people in the United States who have "well-founded fear" of persecution if returned to their home county and meet certain criteria may apply for Asylum. In order to qualify for asylum, the person must be unable or unwilling to return to, and is unable or unwilling to avail himself or herself of the protection of their country of origin because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. A person seeking Asylum must file an application requesting asylum within one year of entering the U.S. However, in certain instances a person who fails to file within one year of entering the U.S. may still request withholding of their removal from the U.S. based on the same fear of persecution.

Attorney William M. Cavanaugh has significant experience handling defensive Asylum claims before the Immigration Courts nationwide. He has helped foreign nationals who fear returning to their home country find asylum in the U.S. based on a multitude of factors including:

  • Religion
  • Political opinion/affiliation
  • Membership in particular social groups, such as women who have been the victims of domestic violence in their home countries

Our office is aware that many of our clients who fear returning to their home countries require a specific type of personal attention, and we pride ourselves on being able to understand and meet the needs of these clients. Our office has the experience and know-how to assist in all types of Asylum matters. Though sometimes difficult, our office enjoys taking on and tackling tough, complex and challenging Asylum cases.