Asylum and Refugee Status
San Francisco and San Jose Immigration Defense Lawyer
Refuge is defined as "shelter or protection from danger". Asylum
is refuge given by the United States to a person who has a well-founded
fear of persecution in their home country. Citizens of other countries
who believe they will be persecuted in their homeland may petition for
asylum in the U.S. USCIS and the Immigration Courts has become more and
more restrictive in approving these asylum applications over the last
decade. For years, Daniel Shanfield has been helping individuals and families
from around the world obtain asylum in the United States.
Daniel Shanfield has extensive background in political asylum cases, and has
testified before Congress on the rights of asylum seekers. Prior to founding his own law practice, Daniel oversaw the asylum representation
program at the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights in New York (now Human
Rights First), and served as a Migration Expert with the United Nations
Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Central Asia. Daniel was also Legal Services
Manager with the U.S. Refugee Program OPE in Europe, resettling vulnerable
religious minorities from the Middle East to safety in the United States.
He has been recognized as a Northern California Immigration "Super
Lawyer" by San Francisco Magazine, and holds a 10/10 AVVO rating,
ranking him as "Superb" in experience, industry recognition,
professional conduct. He has lectured on asylum and refugee protection
at universities and law schools around the world including UC Berkeley,
Columbia University, and New York University. As a former INS prosecutor
(U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service), Daniel possesses unique
insights he uses everyday to help clients like you. Anyone seeking asylum
or refugee status is urged to contact a San Francisco and San Jose
immigration defense attorney for help.
Applications for asylum and Refugee status
You must be in the United States to file this petition and you must apply
within one year of your arrival in the U.S. You may apply for an exception
to the 1 year restriction based on a change of circumstances in your home
country or in your own life. You may also plead the existence of extraordinary
circumstances which prevented you from applying. Even those under a notice
to appear for deportation in immigration court may petition for asylum.
There are a number of grounds on which asylum may be granted for fear of
persecution based upon:
- Political opinion
- Membership in a social group
- Domestic violence
- Gang or criminal violence with a political or social group component
One year after you have received asylum your lawyer can help you apply
for permanent residency in the U.S.
Immigration Defense Attorney in San Jose and San Francisco
An application for asylum must be accompanied by solid documentation of
the persecution which you would suffer in your home country. We will help
to obtain such documentation and skillfully present your case to obtain
a successful result.
Contact a San Francisco and San Jose immigration defense lawyer
at the firm for a consultation about your asylum and refugee case.