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Dedicated Immigration Representation for Over 15 Years

Asylum Lawyer in New Orleans

Protect Your Future with Legal Residency in the U.S.

For those in the United States facing removal to a threatening, dangerous country, it is important to get the legal representation you need to protect yourself. Going home to a hostile area is not good for anyone, therefore having a qualified legal representative on your side can make a big difference. With over 15 years of experience helping clients fight their legal battles, the New Orleans lawyer at Wheatley Immigration Law, LLC is here for you.

Call (504) 784-6803 now or contact our firm online to begin planning for your future as a resident of the United States.

Offering Hope for Those Facing Persecution

U.S. immigration law provides a way out for those forced to flee their country. Immigrants may qualify for asylum if they either were persecuted or believe they will be persecuted in the future in their native countries.

Successful application for asylum must prove threats of persecution based on:

  • Race
  • Nationality
  • Religion
  • Political opinion
  • Membership in a particular social group

There is a one-year deadline from the date of entry into the United States to apply for asylum. Those granted asylum may apply for permanent residence (Green Card) after one year. It is also possible to apply for asylum or asylum-related relief after being placed in removal (deportation) proceedings.

Asylum-Related Status

Persons who do not apply in time for asylum may qualify for Withholding of Removal or for relief under the Convention Against Torture (CAT). Those granted these types of relief will not qualify for permanent residence, but they may remain in the United States and obtain employment authorization.

Wheatley Immigration Law, LLC has experience helping clients in all cases involving legal residency status. There is hope for your case.

Green Card After Asylum Approval

When you have stayed physically in the United States for 1 year after being granted asylum, you are legally allowed to apply for a Green Card and adjust your status to “lawful permanent resident” (LPR) according to U.S. immigration law. As long as you were the primary applicant and your children and spouse got asylum granted through you, they can apply for their Green Cards at the same time.

As an asylee, you must meet the following requirements in order to be eligible for a Green Card:

  • Meet the requirements of, and file USCIS Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status.
  • Be physically present in the U.S. when you file your Form I-485.
  • You have been physically in the United States for at least one year after you were granted asylum.
  • You continue to fall under the definition of a refugee, or you are a child or the spouse of a refugee.
  • Since being granted asylum you have not moved or resettled in any foreign country outside of the United States.
  • The initial asylum you were granted has not been terminated.
  • You must continue to be admissible to the United States.
  • You merit the favorable exercise of discretion.

Green Card through Asylum Timeline

Some adjustment of status cases can take up to a year or more to get approved. You will receive your Green Card in the mail when USCIS approves your application.

Find out how Wheatley Immigration Law, LLC can help you. Call (504) 784-6803 today to get started on your case. Our firm serves clients nationwide.

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  • “Of all of these lawyers, Dayna stands out as truly dedicated to her clients and willing to 'go the extra mile' to help them.”

    Phyllis Gould, LCSW

  • “Dayna came highly recommended to me as an expert in immigration law.”

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  • “In every case she exhibited integrity and passion in her interaction with our office the individual we had asked her to represent.”

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