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Offline fynnnn

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Advice needed
« on: July 16, 2015, 01:55:52 PM »
I am an HIV positive gay man. Concerned the unfavorable medical situation of my country and my confidentiality, I started getting treated abroad.


A dear friend from USA encouraged me to move here, so I left everything I had in my country in the hope of starting from scratch and I ended up in Atlanta, however I tried really hard but still nowhere close to where I'd like to be.


I am allowed to stay in the States legally through Nov 4, 2015, Time is limited if I'd like to work my way out in the States. I reached out to a lawyer and was advised that "if you want to proceed with an asylum case, you should move to another part of the US, perhaps DC, New York or San Francisco. If your initial application is denied and you end up in immigration court, you do not want to be in Atlanta. The Judges here are the worst in the country." I need more info before coming to a decision. I'd appreciate it if you could kindly advise on the following questions,

- Do I stand any chance to file political asylum based on my status and orientation ?

- Are there any pro bono legal services available to the LGBT/HIV community in DC ?

- Career wise, I am neither US citizen nor green card holder, would I be able to find a job there ?

Please feel free to let me know if you have any info/advice. Thank you all.

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: Advice needed
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2015, 05:16:51 PM »
Hi,

I suggest you call the Legal AID Society, GMHC (Gay Mens Health Crisis) in NYC and Human Rights Campaign in Washington DC to ask for suggestions.

If they can't be helpful then ask them who you should contact.

Good luck and don't give up.
Andy Velez

Offline Jeff G

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Re: Advice needed
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2015, 07:03:00 PM »
Welcome to the forums . I am going to move your thread into the insurance and benefits forum although its a different matter . JR is the moderator of that forum and I think he can give you some sound advice or point you in the right direction. Andy has given you some good advice so lets see if we can build on that.

Offline JR Gabbard

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Re: Advice needed
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2015, 03:24:09 PM »
I am an HIV positive gay man. Concerned the unfavorable medical situation of my country and my confidentiality, I started getting treated abroad.


A dear friend from USA encouraged me to move here, so I left everything I had in my country in the hope of starting from scratch and I ended up in Atlanta, however I tried really hard but still nowhere close to where I'd like to be.


I am allowed to stay in the States legally through Nov 4, 2015, Time is limited if I'd like to work my way out in the States. I reached out to a lawyer and was advised that "if you want to proceed with an asylum case, you should move to another part of the US, perhaps DC, New York or San Francisco. If your initial application is denied and you end up in immigration court, you do not want to be in Atlanta. The Judges here are the worst in the country." I need more info before coming to a decision. I'd appreciate it if you could kindly advise on the following questions,

- Do I stand any chance to file political asylum based on my status and orientation ?

- Are there any pro bono legal services available to the LGBT/HIV community in DC ?

- Career wise, I am neither US citizen nor green card holder, would I be able to find a job there ?

Please feel free to let me know if you have any info/advice. Thank you all.

Hello fynnn,
I'm not an immigration attorney, so I can't speak to the likelihood of your success at getting asylum.  But there is nothing to stop you from filing, and they won't take action against you while the application is pending.  I would accept what the other attorney told you about Atlanta.
Yes, pro bono help is available in San Francisco, and I assume in the other cities listed, but be prepared to pay the filing and processing fees, which can run into the thousands of dollars.
If you end up getting asylum, you also get a green card.
Hope that helped.
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