Asylum Immigration Lawyer in San Diego, California

  • Former government attorney
  • Reputation for winning complex cases
  • Honest evaluations & realistic expectations
  • Seventy+ 5-star reviews on Google
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Asylum Attorney

At North County Immigration, based in Escondido, California, we understand the courage it takes to seek asylum in a new land. Our experienced asylum lawyer is here to guide you through this challenging process.

Why Choose Us?

Led by Managing Attorney Anna M. Hysell, a former United States Department of Justice attorney, our firm has a proven track record of successfully handling complex asylum cases. We specialize in asylum law and immigration matters, ensuring you receive expert legal representation.

Your Unique Story Matters

We recognize that every asylum case is unique, with its own set of challenges and circumstances. Our dedicated team pays meticulous attention to the details of your case, providing personalized service tailored to your specific needs.

Your Trusted Asylum Advocates

At North County Immigration, we believe that every client is a priority. We understand that seeking asylum involves real people placing their trust in us. Our compassionate approach and unwavering commitment to your well-being set us apart.

Take the First Step

If you’re in need of an asylum lawyer or asylum immigration attorney, contact us today. Let us make a meaningful difference in your life. Schedule a consultation with the Law Offices of Anna M. Hysell, and take the first step toward a safer, brighter future.

Your journey to asylum begins here. Reach out to us now for expert guidance and support.

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What Our Client Say About Us

I was really glad that I took the initiative to ask North County Immigration to represent me in my asylum case. They were there for me throughout the whole journey. Whatever questions and concerns I had, they were not hesitant to help and guide me. If you have any status or immigration problems i strongly recommend North County Immigration. Thank you for all your help especially Atty. Anna Hysell and the whole staff. God bless you more guys and keep up the good work.

Abi A.

North County Immigration has amazing customer service and super knowledgeable staff! I worked with a number of other immigration lawyers in the past, but Anna Hysell is by far superior. I was referred to Anna through another former client of hers that spoke volumes about her. I was able to get an appointment within a day. She is very detailed and was able to give me several solutions. The best part is her fees are very reasonable, even lower than some of her competitors. So you are getting the best help at an affordable price. Definitely call her because you won’t regret it!

Cindy B.

My husband (who is from Australia) and I couldn’t be more pleased with the service we received from Atty Anna Hysell and her knowlegable staff at North County Immigration. After our inititial consultation with Atty Hysell we mostly communicated with our wonderful case manager Gaby Cosio. She helped us through the mountainous task of paperwork and documentation to prepare our immigration case for them to file for his permanent residency. Throughout this arduous process, everyone at North County Immigration was communicative, honest, and supportive to us whether it was via emails or phone calls. They explained the process and told us what we could possibly expect and not just what we wanted to hear. Finally a year after the filing, we received great news that his green card was ‘in the mail”. We really appreciate the awesome work from everyone we dealt with at North County Immigration, not only from Atty Hysell and Gaby but also Mariela and Maria….Thanks again for being the best at what you do and looking forward to the next step in the process!!!

Linda C.

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Are you facing immigration challenges and seeking expert guidance to navigate the complex legal landscape? North County Immigration is here to help!

What Sets Us Apart

Former Government Attorney

Attorney Anna M. Hysell is a former Government attorney for both the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Winning Complex Cases

We think like the interviewing officer or opposing government lawyer. We have earned a reputation for taking on and winning complicated immigration cases. 

Experienced Litigation Team

In a field with rampant fraud and incompetence, where many are taken advantage of, our experienced team protects the rights of our clients, ensuring that each receives fair and just treatment.

Commitment To Helping

We strive to listen to our client’s and minimize their stress. We work each day to ensure our client matters are handled properly and communicate the progress at the different stages of the matter.

Upfront Review Process

During your consultation, a full analysis is made including a review of all relevant documentation. The weaknesses in the case and how to overcome them are determined, as well as what evidence will be necessary and what the most efficient way is for the client to get the results they want.

Full Service Law Firm

The Law Offices of Anna M. Hysell is one of the top civil rights firms in the San Diego area. We strategically design our lawsuits to have an impact from the start and are not afraid to take on the most challenging cases. Our goal is to always achieve justice for our clients.

Case Results

Successful Deportation Defense for a Military Family

NCI helped a client with a prior successfully avoid deportation on the grounds of hardship as the defendant’s children’s mother was deployed.

Successful Asylum Claim from the Ukraine War

NCI helped an asylee seeking to escape the devastation and heartbreak caused by the unprovoked actions of the Putin Invasion of Ukraine.

B-2 Visa Extensions Granted to Keep a Family Together

NCI was able to get 6-month extensions approved for 2 minors to stay with their ill father in the United States while he undergoes medical treatment.

Asylum Obtained for an El Salvadoran Woman and Child

After months of preparing her case before the Immigration Court, and extensive negotiations with DHS, NCI was able to obtain asylum for our client and her child.

Reunification of an Escondido Family

NCI successfully helped an Escondido woman and her mother overcome some legal challenges and gain immigration status, allowing them to reunite.

Removal Order Rescinded

NCI was able to help rescind a removal order for our client who had the unfortunate luck of previously receiving poor counsel. 

Asylum Lawyer FAQs

What is asylum and who is eligible for asylum?

Asylum is a legal protection granted to individuals who have fled their home country due to fear of persecution based on factors such as race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. It allows them to live and work in the United States and eventually become eligible for permanent residency.

To be eligible for asylum, you must demonstrate a well-founded fear of persecution in your home country. This fear must be based on one of the protected grounds mentioned earlier. Eligibility depends on various factors, and it’s crucial to consult with our experienced asylum lawyers to assess your case.

What is the difference between asylum and refugee status?

While both asylum and refugee status offer protection to individuals fleeing persecution, the key difference is the location of the application. Asylum is requested within the U.S. or at a U.S. border, while refugee status is sought from outside the country through a U.S. embassy or designated refugee processing center.

How do I apply for asylum?

To apply for asylum, you’ll need to file Form I-589, Application for Asylum and Withholding of Removal, within one year of your arrival in the United States. Working with an immigration attorney is highly recommended to navigate this complex process successfully.

What documents do I need to support my asylum claim?

Supporting documents are essential for a strong asylum case. These may include personal statements, country condition reports, affidavits, and any evidence that demonstrates the credibility of your fear of persecution.

Can I work while my asylum application is pending?

Yes, you can apply for work authorization (Form I-765) while your asylum application is pending. Once approved, you can legally work in the United States.

What happens if my asylum application is denied?

If your asylum application is denied, you may be placed in removal proceedings. It’s crucial to seek legal advice promptly to explore your options for appeal or other forms of relief.

Can I appeal a denial of asylum?

Yes, you can appeal a denial of asylum. The appeals process involves presenting your case to an immigration judge. Having a skilled attorney is essential to build a compelling appeal.

What is the one-year filing deadline for asylum?

The one-year filing deadline for asylum means you must submit your asylum application within one year of your arrival in the United States, unless you can demonstrate exceptional circumstances that justify a late filing.

What is the credible fear interview process?

A credible fear interview is conducted by an asylum officer to assess whether you have a credible fear of persecution in your home country. Passing this interview is a crucial step in the asylum process.

Can my family members join me if I'm granted asylum?

Yes, if you are granted asylum, you may be eligible to apply for derivative asylum status for your spouse and unmarried children under 21 years old.

How long does the asylum process take?

The length of the asylum process varies depending on many factors, including your location and the complexity of your case. It can range from several months to several years. Our team can provide a more accurate estimate based on your specific situation.

Can I travel outside the U.S. if I have pending asylum status?

Traveling outside the U.S. while your asylum case is pending can be risky and may affect your application. It’s essential to consult with our immigration attorneys before making any travel plans.

What is the difference between defensive and affirmative asylum?

Affirmative asylum is when you apply for asylum proactively, while defensive asylum is a response to deportation proceedings. The circumstances of your case determine which process you follow.

What is persecution, and how is it defined in asylum cases?

Persecution refers to severe harm or mistreatment inflicted on an individual based on protected grounds such as race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. Proving persecution is a critical aspect of a successful asylum claim.

Can I apply for asylum if I have a criminal record?

Having a criminal record doesn’t automatically disqualify you from asylum. Each case is unique, and the impact of a criminal record on your eligibility will depend on the nature and severity of the offenses. Consult with our attorneys for guidance.

What is the impact of changes in asylum policies and regulations?

Asylum policies and regulations can change over time, affecting eligibility and application procedures. Staying informed about the latest updates and seeking legal counsel is essential for a successful asylum application.

Can an immigration attorney help with my asylum case?

Absolutely! An experienced immigration attorney can provide invaluable guidance, prepare your case, and represent your interests throughout the asylum process. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and discuss your asylum case.