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Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Difference a Good Lawyer Makes -- Danger in Home Country is Not Enough to Stay in U.S.

     In 2013, two hundred and fifty percent (250%) more people asked for asylum after crossing the border than in 2012.  This put a huge strain on the Dept. of Homeland Security.  Asylum officers were asked to conduct interviews day after day to find out if these foreigners had a believable (credible) fear of returning to their countries.  Of course, most did.
     As a result, these thousands of foreigners had their cases heard A SECOND TIME by Immigration Judges.  Lots of money lost paying salaries to Asylum Officers.
     This year, the Dept. of Homeland Security responded by changing the training lessons for these officers.  Now, before foreigners are allowed to stay in the U.S. and prove their case in court they will need to show Asylum Officers that they have a "substantial and realistic possibility of succeeding" in Court.  Even foreigners who are realistically afraid to return to their countries will be returned.
     An experienced asylum attorney, like those at Blandon Law in Broward County, Florida, will provide the Asylum Officer with substantial country information.  This research is obtained from the internet and from our hundreds of asylum clients throughout the world.
      If your relative or friend is detained, please call (954) 385-0157 before the Asylum Officer interview.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Why So Long for Asylum Interview? The Backlog Explained

     The Citizenship and Immigration Service (CIS) is experiencing HEAVY delays in scheduling asylum applicants for interviews.  This is because more persons are applying for asylum during the last three years than in a very long time.  CIS officers have also been asked to work on credible fear interviews instead of asylum interviews.  A credible fear interview involves several hours of questioning for persons who are detained and fear returning to their home country.
     If applicants fear that their lives or the lives of loved ones back home may be harmed due to this delay, contact the Florida law firm of Blandon Law at (954) 385-0157 immediately.  We may be able to expedite the case.
     In addition, withdrawing the application may result in the case being sent to Immigration Court.  In some parts of the United States, it is faster to be heard by an Immigration Judge than to get an appointment with a CIS asylum officer.  Before taking this step, please consult with an experienced immigration expert as there are consequences to withdrawing or rescheduling.

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