I came here on a F1 visa and I became out of status in 2009. My family is from NWFP in Pakistan and because of the situation there, we lost everything we had. These financial problems didn’t allow me stay in college or apply to any other schools. I also had no way of going back because of this problem. I soon after married a man who is now here on an H1 visa. I did not want to go back to Pakistan because he married me without his parents consent. His father has many sources there and they threatened me, this made it very unsafe for me. I didn’t go back because I was scared that they might do something to my family or me. Where I am from, marrying without parents consent can lead to horrible consequences, even death. I stayed here so that they couldn’t do anything to me.
Talk to an attorney to see if you might qualify for asylum. See below for information on free/low-cost attorneys.
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If you are low income and feel that you can not afford an attorney, try contacting one of the organizations on this list: http://www.justice.gov/eoir/probono/states.htm
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