Payam Yazdani, Attorney at Law

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To obtain asylum through the affirmative asylum process you must be physically present in the United States. You can apply for asylum status regardless of how you arrived in the United States or your current immigration status.


An asylum applicant must establish a well-founded fear of persecution from the government, or a group the government is unable or unwilling to control. Persecution is defined as a showing that harm or suffering will be inflicted upon the person in order to punish him for possessing a belief or characteristic the persecutor seeks to overcome. The persecution must be on account of one of the following five grounds: race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.


Asylum applications  must be filed within one year of the applicant's entry. Late filings may be accepted if the applicant shows that there are changed or extraordinary circumstances and the application is filed within a reasonable time.


Affirmative asylum applicants are rarely detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). You may live in the United States while your application is pending before USCIS.  If you are found ineligible, you can remain in the United States while your application is pending with the Immigration Judge. 


If you are in removal proceedings, you may file a a defensive application for asylum and request asylum as a defense against removal from the U.S.


Payam Yazdani and attorneys at Bloomfield & Kempf, LLP handle all immigration matters including affirmative and defensive Asylum applications. Call us today at 614-592-7827 for consultation.





Employment Authorization for Asylum Applicants


If you are granted asylum you can work immediately. However, if your application for asylum is pending you may not be permitted to work.


An asylum applicant cannot work without authorization and cannot apply for permission to work (employment authorization) when an an asylum application is originally filed. If the asylum application is pending and 150 days have passed since the application was filed, the applicant is permitted to file an application for employment authorization. The applicant is permitted to work once 180 days have passed since the asylum application was filed, and, the application for employment authorization is approved.


Note that any delays caused by the applicant would stop the asylum clock and be deducted from the number of days counted for employment authorization purposes.


Some asylees choose to obtain Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) for convenience or identification purposes, but an EAD is not necessary to work once your application for asylum is granted.


Call us today at 614-592-7827 if you have questions regarding employment authorization.


  Payam Yazdani


Columbus Office

175 South Third Street, Suite 1010

Columbus, Ohio 43215

Dallas Office

325 N. St. Paul Street, Suite 3100

Dallas, Texas 75201

Phone: (614) 961-4414

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Ohio Immigration Lawyer Payam Yazdani

Past Of Counsel at Columbus Immigration Law Firm Bloomfield & Kempf, LLP

Located in Columbus Ohio and representing clients nationwide including Ohio cities such as Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Dayton, Akron, Toledo, Canton, Dublin, Powell, Hilliard, Westerville, Lewis Center, Gahanna, Grove City, Reynoldsburg, Whitehall, Bexley, and Upper Arlington, and counties such as Franklin County, Delaware County, Cuyahoga County, Hamilton County, and other neighboring Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania counties.    Providing immigration services including filing for greencards or permanent residency, citizenship, asylum, work visas, investment visas, student visas, fianc´┐Ż visas, National Visa Center visa processing, appeals, and court representation in deportation & removal proceedings before the Cleveland Immigration Court. Immigration attorneys at our office in Columbus Ohio are experienced in all areas of immigration law.

Contact our office to consult with an immigration lawyer in Columbus Ohio.

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