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Outlook is bright for domestic abuse victims seeking asylum

It has been awhile since we last touched upon the subject of asylum, but when we last did, the atmosphere surrounding asylum was looking up. It has always been notoriously difficult to obtain asylum on the grounds of domestic abuse. For many years, the issue pinged around immigration courts and the U.S. government without any resolution.

But this past August, a landmark case opened the door for people suffering from domestic abuse to be welcomed to the United States under asylum. Since then, many domestic violence victims have come forward seeking asylum, and the outlook appears much brighter for these people who are trying to escape a dangerous situation that often doesn't have a solution in their home countries.

Just 5 percent of asylum cases from three critical Central American countries -- El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras -- were approved in 2013. Now there are officials who believe that number could jump quite higher, with one person saying that 85 percent could qualify for asylum. With the topic of domestic abuse and domestic violence gaining so much attention in the immigration world, this has helped raise awareness of such cases relating to asylum.

Still, an asylum application isn't a "sure thing" for domestic violence sufferers, let alone anyone else seeking asylum. There are interviews and plenty of paperwork among many other steps to obtain asylum -- and they all have to be done properly. It's a confusing process that applicants likely have no experience dealing with. So consult an attorney to help you along the way.

Source: San Antonio Express-News, "Immigrant women gaining asylum to escape abuse," Houston Chronicle, Lomi Kriel, Oct. 29, 2014

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