Seeking Asylum in Tennessee

Our Nashville law firm helps immigrants seek asylum in the face of persecution

Every year, thousands of people from around the world seek protection from their own countries within the borders of America. The laws governing asylum are very complicated, and it can be stressful to apply without the help of a skilled immigration lawyer. At the Law Office of Perry A. Craft, PLLC, we know how to help you seek asylum from persecution. You can rely on us to protect you and your rights every step of the way.

What you should know about seeking asylum

In America, people tend to think that only political dissidents seek asylum – but that’s not always true. You can seek the protection of the American government if you are facing, or are in fear of facing, persecution because of your:

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

To apply for asylum, you must complete an I-589 form, the Application of Asylum and Withholding of Removal. You can include your children (under the age of 21) and your spouse on your application, or you can wait until after the hearing. If your application is approved, you are allowed to remain in the United States, and your family is allowed to join you. If your country has been granted Temporary Protected Status because it is ravaged by war, or because of a natural disaster, you may have an even stronger case for asylum.

Why you need an immigration lawyer to make the case for asylum

Few immigration laws are stricter and more complex than those governing asylum. While you can attend your interview without a lawyer, it’s in your best interest to hire an attorney to help you. To win your case, you must:

  • Prove that you’re in danger of physical harm by your government. It’s one thing to be persecuted or threatened by your government; it’s quite another to fear physical retribution. If your ruling government’s law enforcement officials or military have threatened to physically harm you, or if your government or a particular radical group has threatened to harm, kill, or torture you and your family, if you can prove you’re in danger, you can be granted asylum.
  • Prove that you’re being persecuted by your government. Has your country’s ruler made it impossible for you, specifically, to get a job? Have you been denied your rights as a citizen, or been outcast by society based on the government’s order? If you have proof that your own government is persecuting you or threatening to persecute you or the people who associate with you, you can make a plea for asylum.
  • Prove you’re being persecuted because of who you are. If your government is persecuting you because of your race, or allowing zealous groups to attack you because of your religious or political beliefs, you may have a case for asylum. You must be able to prove that the persecution is specific to your race, religion, nationality, political leanings, or membership in a group in order to move forward with your plea.

Proving your case is not easy; you want a dedicated immigration lawyer who can help. The Law Office of Perry A. Craft, PLLC is a trusted name in Nashville. Attorney Perry A. Craft has more than 40 years of litigation experience, protecting the rights of his clients in front of a judge. He can mount a strong defense of your case during an INS hearing or trial, if necessary. He will fight for you and pursue what is fair and just. He cares for his clients.  Whether you are facing deportation or need help with the I-589 application, Attorney Craft offers you sound, practical advice about how to proceed.

If you are seeking asylum, place your trust in us

We believe all people have the right to live without fear. At the Law Office of Perry A. Craft, PLLC, we help the persecuted seek asylum, so they can begin their lives anew. To reserve a consultation time with Attorney Craft, please call 615-953-3808 or fill out our convenient contact form.