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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Filing After the One Year Deadline

     Foreigners can file an asylum application even if they have been in the United States more than one year.  In that situation, one of two exceptions must apply:
      (1) the existence of changed circumstances which materially affect the applicant's eligibility for asylum OR 
      (2) extraordinary circumstances relating to the delay in filing the application.

    Changed circumstances include the following:
(A) Changes in conditions in the applicant's country of nationality;
             (B) Changes in the applicant's circumstances that materially affect the applicant's eligibility for asylum, including changes in applicable U.S. law and activities the applicant becomes involved in outside the home country that place the applicant at risk; OR
             (C) In the case of someone who had previously been included as a dependent in another person's pending asylum application, the loss of the spousal or parent-child relationship to the principal applicant through marriage, divorce, death, or attainment of age 21.

     Extraordinary circumstances relating to the delay in filing include applicants who are minors when the arrive in the U.S., or persons who believe their application was filed by a notary (or attorney) but learn after the first year of being here that the application was not filed.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

U.S. Admits Almost 70,000 Refugees in 2013

     The Department of State announced recently that it brought almost 70,000 refugees to safety this year.  That number is the legal limit on refugees which are allowed to be admitted in that category.  It "is closer to the authorized ceiling than in any year since 1980," indicated the press release, which is available by clicking here.
     This achievement highlights the commitment of President Obama's administration to make the country more diverse and to meet international obligations to help victims of persecution.
     For more information on the process for asylum and refugee applicants, please call the Broward law firm of Blandon Law at (954) 385-0157.  We specialize in helping asylees and their families.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Shutdown Results in Lengthy Delays for Asylum Cases in Court

 Image Ref: 41-09-3 - Road Closed Sign, Viewed 6698 times    While the government shutdown is in effect, immigration court cases are delayed according to a recent article by The Washington Post.  Read it by clicking here.  Those who petitioned for asylum and foreigners who are not detained are considered non-essential matters.  As a result, even when the shutdown ends and immigration courts reopen completely, the judges will need to work on a substantial backlog of cases.
     "Court hearings or other procedures for any immigrant who is in federal custody will also continue on schedule, and the Board of Immigration Appeals will hear requests for emergency relief from deportation as well as appeals for detained immigrants, according to the Justice Department."
     Before, during and after filing a case, the Florida law firm of Blandon Law assists its clients by keeping them informed.  If we can help you, please call (954) 385-0157.

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