Russian Asylum: Learning More About the Process

Russian asylum

You probably have many legal questions if you’re seeking Russian asylum in the U.S. That’s why you need to be able to communicate or talk to a Russian-speaking attorney. 

If you’re detained at a U.S. port of entry in California, it’s imperative to schedule an appointment with a knowledgeable immigration lawyer – someone who can help you through this difficult and emotional time. You need someone objective to help you navigate through the steps of immigration.

Seek Help from a Russian Speaking Immigration Lawyer in LA Immediately

The road to Russian asylum can become complex. Moreover, it is difficult to communicate if you don’t rely on an attorney who understands immigration law and can speak your language as well.  

Seeking Asylum: Reviewing Your Options

Asylum for Russian speakers is available through one of three methods. Therefore, a Russian-speaking attorney can help you gain this type of freedom through one of three methods. These methods are defined as affirmative, defensive, and expedited processes. To understand these options, you need to define them.

1. Affirmative Asylum

You can ask for affirmative asylum through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) division, which is a part of the Department of Homeland Security, or DHS. If you’re currently not in removal proceedings or are considered an “unaccompanied child,” you can take this route for asylum.

If the USCIS refuses your application, your case will be directed to removal proceedings in a U.S. immigration court. If this occurs, you can apply for defensive asylum.

2. Defensive Asylum

If you’re currently facing removal proceedings, you can opt for defensive asylum. To make his claim, you must submit your application to an immigration judge at the Department of Justice in the Executive Office for Immigration Review, or EOIR.

Therefore, to prevent being removed, a defensive asylum can help support your claim for settling in the U.S. during this strenuous period.

3. Expedited Asylum

Expedited asylum is used to narrow down the time spent on seeking asylum. This process is confined to people detained within 14 days of entering the U.S. If you seek expedited asylum but are not approved, you’ll be sent via the USCIS to removal proceedings in the immigration court.

Basically, anyone who accesses the U.S. or arrives at a port of entry, who has not been approved, must seek asylum that is defined as expedited or defensive. 

To seek asylum, you must first present yourself, in person, at a port of entry in the U.S.

Complying with the Rules for Russian Asylum in the U.S.

You must also meet the rules set aside for asylees. 

This means you must prove that you currently have a fear of persecution if you stay in Russia or that you experienced persecution in your country. These facts are important, as they are used to support your eligibility for gaining asylum in the U.S.

Why a Request for Asylum May Not Go as Quickly as Planned

Seeking help from a Russian-speaking immigration lawyer is imperative if you want to avoid any delays in processing your application. 

For instance, the following activities can delay processing.

  • Rescheduling an interview
  • Asking to transfer your case to another interview site or asylum office location
  • Failing to appear for a scheduled interview
  • Not showing up for biometrics testing
  • Not having an interpreter at an interview
  • Failing to include sufficient supporting evidence with your application
  • Submitting a substantial amount of evidence before a rescheduled interview
  • Not appearing for an asylum decision in person, if required*

*If you don’t appear in person at an asylum decision, you may have future problems in getting authorization to work in the U.S.

Why You May Not Be Granted Asylum

You may not be granted Russian asylum if you don’t have a Russian-speaking lawyer representing you in court. Without legal help, you may fail to meet the deadline for receiving this type of protection. If you do not ask for asylum within a year of entering the U.S., you may be asked to leave. The DHS must inform you of the one-year milestone when you enter the United States.

Also, if the U.S. government considers you as a threat to national security, your request for asylum will not be granted. This may happen if you have committed a serious crime or you persecuted other people.

Get the Help You Need with Your Russian Asylum Case Today: Contact the Paniotto Law Firm Right Away

To get a solid footing in the U.S., you need to find the right type of legal help. If you’re from Russia and either has experienced persecution or feel fearful about going back to your country, you need to call a Russian-speaking immigration attorney in LA. Contact the Paniotto Law Firm now at (213) 534-1827 for immediate legal assistance. 

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