New York City Asylum & Refugee Attorney
Assisting Persecution Victims Seeking Asylum and Refugee Status
At The Law Office of Yifei He, PLLC, we are committed to providing legal assistance to individuals and families who wish to avoid persecution in their native land by seeking residency in the United States.
Every year, the US grants asylum to individuals who have suffered persecution, or who fear they will suffer persecution, due to:
- Political opinion
- Membership in a particular social group
If you and your loved ones fall into one of the categories listed above, our legal team would be happy to help you file a Form I-589 to seek asylum in the US. We can also help you take further legal action as necessary to protect your immigration status. You have only one year from the date of your arrival to the US to apply for asylum, so do not wait to reach out for help.
Your first consultation with our New York City asylum attorney is completely free of charge, so don’t wait to contact us. We can be reached at (917) 451-5173 or via our online message form. For your convenience, we provide legal services in both English and Mandarin.
Requirements for Achieving Refugee Status in the US
To be eligible for refugee status in the US, you must show that:
- You are outside of your home country and unwilling to return
- Due to your inclusion in an ethnic, religious or other type of group, you are being persecuted or have a legitimate fear of persecution in your home country
- You have filed for asylum within one year of entering the United States
- You have not persecuted anyone
If you meet the requirements listed above, you will likely be eligible for refugee status in the US. We encourage you to contact The Law Office of Yifei He for help reviewing these factors, as they apply to your case, to determine if you meet the necessary criteria for refugee status.
Applying for Asylum in the US
While refugee status is available to immigrants outside the US, those already at a port of entry or in the country can apply for asylum. Even if you are in the country illegally, you may still apply for asylum as long as you are not currently in deportation proceedings.
Eligibility for asylum status is the same as for refugee status. Your asylum application may be denied if you had a previous application that was denied, unless you can prove changes in your circumstances affect your asylum eligibility.
If you achieve asylum status, any family members listed on your application will also be granted the same status, as long as they are not otherwise barred. If your spouse or unmarried children under the age of 21 are outside the country, you will need to take additional steps to grant them derivative asylum status.
Refugee & Asylum Help from an Immigrant Himself
Even when evidence of brutal behavior exists, obtaining asylum in the United States is a long and complex process. Fortunately, you do not have to go it alone. At The Law Office of Yifei He, PLLC, our attorney will handle the technical requirements, as well as the investigation, to help prove that your fears are well founded.
As an immigrant himself, attorney Yifei He knows what it’s like to take shelter in a country other than your own. While necessary for preserving the safety of you and your family, the decision to seek refugee status is not an easy one. It requires you to leave the place you call home, along with many loved ones and friends who still reside there, and seek refuge in a new country. We want to help make sure your efforts are not made in vein.
When you work with attorney Yifei He and our team, we will do everything in our power to ensure that we present the strongest possible case before the judge. Ultimately, we want to help you do more than just win asylum; we want to see you eventually receive permanent resident status in the US so you can rest safely and comfortably long-term.
Contact Our New York City Refugee Lawyer for Guidance
If residence in another country poses a threat to you or someone you know, The Law Office of Yifei He, PLLC can evaluate your situation immediately and discuss the options available to you at this time.