Section 208 (a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act allows foreign nationals present in the United States to apply for asylum if the applicant can prove he or she is unwilling or unable to return to his or her home country due to past persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution due to the Applicant's race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion.
The US asylum application process can involve many steps and many levels of review. Not all immigration attorneys accept or have experience with asylum cases. Before retaining your attorney, inquire as to whether or not he or she has represented asylum clients in the past.
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