As the son of Hungarian refugees, Mr. Hujber knows and appreciates the critical importance of United States asylum laws. If not for these laws, Mr. Hujber and our law firm would not exist today. Even with all of the recent and significant changes to the immigration laws, the United States remains a country which welcomes those who have been persecuted in other countries. Mr. Hujber is proud to have worked in such matters for more than twelve (12) years. During his tenure with the federal government, Mr. Hujber drafted numerous final decision involving asylum – an extremely important, sensitive, and humanitarian form of relief under US immigration laws.
Under U.S. asylum laws, an individual who has been persecuted and/or has a well-founded fear of persecution should be granted asylum if the persecution is “on account of” one of the following five (5) grounds:
- Membership in a Particular Social Group
- Political Opinion
Recently, courts have interpreted cases involving the persecution of homosexuals, victims of female genital mutilation (“FGM”) and victims of coerced population control (“CPC”) as falling within the classification of membership in a particular social group, and valid basis for asylum.
Although the immigration law mandates that an asylum application be filed within one (1) year of arrival in the United States, there are certain exceptions . These exceptions include changed (deteriorating) country conditions, misadvice/misrepresentation by previous immigration counsel, and others.