Q: Can me and my partner as LGBT persons apply and be represented for asylum in Florida.We entered USA few days ago in NYC
My name is Veljko, I am a 44 years old and HIV positive male originally from Serbia. I have been in a domestic partnership for four years with my fiance Sasha, since we don't have an option to legalize our relationship in our home country.
Back in 2004 I was persecuted for the first time because of my sexuality and as an LGBT person. During that period I was employed as an army officer, all together for 20 years. Due to my HIV status and sexuality, I was forced to retire from the military at a young age back in 2015 and I have documents that supports it. Ever since I was not legally able to get a job and make for my living which was a reason for me and my partner to leave Serbia for the first time. While we were briefly living abroad, my partner and I obtained tourist visas (B2). We entered USA this month.. We want to apply for legal help for our asylum application as well as medical counseling and medications since I am on HAART and in Florida
A: If you are seeking protection in the U.S. because you have suffered persecution or you fear that you will suffer persecution due to: race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion you may seek political asylum in the U.S. after you have entered the U.S. and you fulfill the necessary requirements to file the request for asylum.
You seem to have a basis for a asylum but I urge you to first consult with an experienced immigration attorney to fully and properly assess your case. I also recommend that you do not file a pro se request for asylum.
My law office has successfully represented similar cases such as yours.
Good luck to you.
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