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Understanding asylum and adjustment of status this 4th of July

With Independence Day coming up this weekend, people all across the U.S. are looking forward to celebrating the things that make this country what it is today. Primarily, people focus on the freedoms and protections we have that people in other countries are not as lucky to have.

With all this in mind, it may a good time to discuss the challenges that people face when they are seeking asylum and a change of status in the U.S. People who want to enter this country and those who have entered the U.S. without documentation because of the potential dangers they face in their own country are often desperate for the very freedom and protection we celebrate every year on the 4th of July. 

Being granted asylum status can be life-saving for many refugees who are seeking protection in the U.S. Asylum applicants have a very real and well-founded fear that they will be hurt or persecuted in their own country because they are of a certain race or religion or that they may be subject to abuse because they are a part of a certain political or social group.

Seeking asylum can be very complicated, however. There will be paperwork to complete, interviews and extensive checks into a person's background, including any criminal records. It can all seem overwhelming, but the rewards of being granted asylum can far outweigh the work of applying.

If a person is granted asylum, he or she can then apply for an adjustment of status so they can become a lawful permanent resident, which means that person can live and work in this country permanently.

Seeking refuge in this country and becoming a lawful permanent resident can be enormously important events in a person's life and they should be approached as such. Trying to work through this process alone can be detrimental to a person's case as many people do not know enough about the immigration system or application process to avoid some costly mistakes.

Because of how critical these cases are, it can be wise to utilize the legal resources available. Working with an attorney who is familiar with immigration laws and the importance of asylum can be the difference between having an application denied or approved. 

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