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US provides various humanitarian programs and protection to assist individuals in need of shelter or aid from disasters, emergency medical issues and other urgent circumstances oppression, physical or mental abuse, or other dangerous situations inside and outside of the U.S. 

Konsta Law Firm, LLC possess the experience and compassion to help individuals seek and receive humanitarian relief in the U.S., including: 

  • Asylum and Refugee- Refugees and Asylees are often used interchangeably in immigration law, but for those applying for asylum or refugee status, the distinction is crucial. Both refugee and asylum seekers must demonstrate:
    • There are subject to persecution because of their race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. 
    • They must also demonstrate that your fear of persecution is well-founded. Consequently, both types involve applying for humanitarian relief with the U.S. government.
  • Characteristics of Asylees:
    • Asylum may be filed affirmatively with an asylum office of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services or may be filed as a defense to removal in U.S. immigration court.
  • Characteristics of Refugees:
    • If you are outside of the U.S. you must receive a referral to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) for consideration as a refugee.
    • If you are a refugee in the U.S you can file a petition for your family members who are abroad to join you, including for your spouse and unmarried children under 21. You must file within two years of your arrival to the U. S unless there are humanitarian reasons to excuse this deadline.
    • If you are admitted as a refugee, you must apply for a green card one year after coming to the U.S. 
  • Under the Violence Against Women Act (or VAWA), you as a battered spouse, child or parent, you may file an immigrant visa petition.
  • Temporary Protected Status (TPS)- TPSis a temporary designation that allows its beneficiaries to live and work in the U.S. and travel in and out of the U.S. for the duration of the emergency without fear of being placed into removal proceedings for overstaying a visa. The U.S. usually authorizes TPS in situations of upheaval due to natural disasters (such as hurricanes or earthquakes), an outbreak of disease, or armed conflicts that have made it unsafe to return.
  • U-Visa gives immigration protection to crime victims who have suffered substantial mental or physical abuse as a result of the crime. The U-Visa allows victims to remain in the U.S assist law enforcement authorities in the investigation or prosecution of the criminal activity.
  • T-Visa provides immigration protection to victims of trafficking. The T-Visa allows victims to remain in the U.S and assist law enforcement authorities in the investigation or prosecution of human trafficking cases.
  • Humanitarian Parole- Foreign nationals with an emergency requiring them to travel to the U.S. may be able to enter with a form of discretionary relief called humanitarian parole. If humanitarian parole is granted, the foreign national will be permitted to remain in the U.S. only for the period of time that is necessary to fulfill the humanitarian needs or to tend to the emergency situation. There are no permanent benefits with a grant of humanitarian parole, but you can apply for a temporary work authorization if you will need to work in the U.S. during your stay. 

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