“After a U.S. Senator could not help us get out of our country, someone told our friend in Port Townsend to contact Seifert Law Offices to help. The office immediately started my case. In less than a month the paper work was done and we were out of Guinea by January 2001. Had we not obtained the visas and stayed in Guinea we would not be alive to tell this story. Thank God we are now in the States, united with our daughter, sound and safe and thank God for Seifert Law Offices.”
Asylum is a key part of the immigration legal system in the U.S. Individuals and families fleeing persecution, discrimination and other harm are guaranteed a right to seek protection in this country. Asylum cases involve the application of international human rights law.
A person fleeing harm or persecution due to his or her race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or social group is a refugee. As she enters the U.S. she may ask for protection in the form of political asylum. The United States has a relatively harsh set of policies for deciding these cases, some of which are decided by the USCIS asylum office and some of which are decided by an Immigration Judge when a case is placed in removal proceedings. Sadly, at present, the government presumes that claims are fraudulent and that people are lying to get into the U.S. Our office, alongside regional non-profit immigrant assistance offices, such as the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (www.nwirp.org), help individuals apply for asylum and related benefits.