Asylum 2010-07-31T13:43:43+00:00

Every year people come to the United States seeking protection because they have suffered persecution or fear that they will suffer persecution due to:

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

If you are eligible for asylum you may be permitted to remain in the United States. To apply for Asylum, please call the law offices of Gopal & Pedigo. There is no fee to apply for asylum.

You may include your spouse and children who are in the United States on your application at the time you file or at any time until a final decision is made on your case. To include your child on your application, the child must be under 21 and unmarried.

Permission to Work in the United States

You cannot apply for permission to work (employment authorization) in the United States at the same time you apply for asylum.

You may apply for employment authorization if:

  • 150 days have passed since you filed your complete asylum application, excluding any delays caused by you (such as a request to reschedule your interview)

AND

  • No decision has been made on your application

If you are granted asylum you may work immediately. Some asylees choose to obtain Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) for convenience or identification purposes, but an EAD is not necessary to work if you are an asylee.

To apply for employment authorization, please call the law offices of Gopal & Pedigo.  There is no fee to apply for your first EAD if you have a pending asylum application or if you have been granted asylum.

Bringing Your Family to the United States

If you are granted asylum you may petition to bring your spouse and children to the United States by calling the law offices of Gopal & Pedigo. To include your child on your application, the child must be under 21 and unmarried.

Please call one of our attorneys at Gopal & Pedigo, PC if you are considering filing a petition for asylum. We are conveniently located in Nashville, TN.