Asylum and Removal Defense
Asylum seekers may file an affirmative I-589 Asylum Application with the USCIS Asylum Office.  Asylum seekers whose applications are not approved by the Asylum Office, and who have failed to maintain a lawful status, are “referred” to Immigration Court for Removal Proceedings.  Respondents in Removal Proceedings before the Immigration Court may renew their I-589 Asylum Application as a defense to deportation.  Asylum seekers may be ineligible for a grant of asylum if they fail to file the I-589 within one year of admission to the US or if they have been convicted of a serious crime.  In these cases, Respondents may still obtain relief from deportation in the form of Withholding of Removal under the Convention Against Torture or CAT.
Asylum applicants may obtain lawful status and permanent residence if they can show a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular special group, or political opinion.
Deportation Defense
Respondents in removal proceedings may renew an asylum application before the Immigration Judge and seek other forms of relief from deportation.  Appeals from adverse decisions may be made to the Board of Immigration Appeals and federal Courts of Appeal.

Federico Maciá P.L.
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