Asylum & Removal



Under United States Law, asylum may be granted to foreign national who can establish that they have suffered past persecution in his or her home country or country of last habitual residence or he or she can establish that they a well-founded fear of persecution if they were force to return to their home country. The persecution must be on account of political opinion, race, religion, nationality or membership in a particular social group.

Alam Law Group LLP is dedicated to helping our clients seek Asylum in the United States. We have successfully helped our clients from various countries escape persecution in their home countries by securing them a safe haven via asylum in the U.S. Asylum can be granted to individuals who are just arriving to the U.S. or to people who are already physically present in the United States. Individuals arriving in the U.S. may ask for asylum at the port of entry. However, individuals already in the U.S. must file their Application for Asylum and Withholding of Removal with the USCIS within one year of their arrival. The USCIS filing deadline may be excused if the foreign national can demonstrate changed or extraordinary circumstances.

At the heart of United States asylum law is the protection of refugees fleeing from persecution. A “refugee” is defined in Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) as any person who is outside any country of such person’s nationality, or, in the case of a person having no nationality, is outside any country in which such person last habitually resided, and who is unable or unwilling to return to, and is unable or unwilling to avail himself or herself of the protection of, that country because of persecution or a well-founded fear or persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. 


Withholding of Removal is relief that prevents the removal or deportation from the United States to a country where the foreign national has a clear probability of suffering persecution based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. Withholding of Removal is only for those foreign national who are placed in removal proceedings. If the USCIS is not trying to remove you from the United States, Withholding of Removal would not be available to you.

If you believe you may qualify for asylum in the United States, please contact Somair S. Alam, Esq. at or at (646) 598-9824 for further information.