As discussed on our site, Asylum is a powerful but complex immigration status that offers protection from oppression, violence, or persecution in another country. To qualify for asylum, you have to meet a set of criteria that can be challenging to prove without dedicated legal representation. As frustrating as it sounds, there are some distinct factors that could disqualify you from asylum and impact your chances of seeking protection in the United States.
If you are considering applying for asylum, it is important for you to understand what could disqualify you, as knowing this information could make your application process a bit simpler. A knowledgeable asylum attorney could explain what might discredit someone’s application and help you craft a personalized strategy.
What Are the Most Common Disqualification Factors?
Arguably the most important part of establishing eligibility for Asylum is concretely proving that you were affected, or likely will be affected, by past or future persecution in your home country. If you cannot demonstrate these aspects by implementing detailed evidence, you will likely receive a denied asylum application. Additionally, if you cannot convince a judge or court that you still would experience further oppression if relocated outside the U.S., you are also not a likely candidate for the protection.
Meanwhile, if you committed a certain crime while seeking, applying for, or receiving asylum protection, you might also be disqualified from the status. The location of the criminal activity in question does not necessarily matter. In order to become eligible for asylum, you need to have a clear criminal history in both the United States and your home country.
If you did not provide enough evidence of persecution or were accused a crime, one of our attorneys could protect your rights and fight against your likely disqualification.
The Consequences of Asylum Disqualification
Unfortunately, the penalties associated with being ineligible for asylum can be quite severe. For example, if you pursue affirmative asylum and you are not able to prove past persecution based on your social group, political opinion, religion, or current circumstances, you will likely put yourself into removal proceedings. This could make your situation worse, requiring you to navigate endless legal procedures or possibly return to your home country.
Meanwhile, if a judge or immigration officer finds that you are ineligible for asylum after you were already granted the protection, you might lose the possibility of becoming a legal permanent resident in the future.
If you wish to avoid these consequences and disqualification, you should work with a dedicated attorney throughout the entire asylum application process.
Reach Out to an Attorney Today about Asylum Disqualification
If you need help understanding what disqualifies someone from obtaining Asylum, a legal representative from our firm could be the ally you need. You might face extreme setbacks if you apply for the protection but are not eligible, so it is important for you to speak with us about a case assessment. Our lawyers could protect your rights, offer personalized guidance, and provide the support you need to succeed. Reach out today to get started on your case.