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Showing posts with label convention against torture. Show all posts
Showing posts with label convention against torture. Show all posts

Thursday, May 30, 2013

My Article is Cover Story of Magazine for Immigration Attorneys

     My article on "Asylum for Atheists" is the cover story for this month's issue of VOICE.  That is the national magazine for immigration attorneys throughout the United States.  You can read the full article by clicking to the Blandon Law Facebook page here.
     Persons labeled as atheists have been targeted since Roman times.  I believe immigration attorneys should use every tool at their disposal -- including asylum law and the Convention Against to Torture -- to protect persons who have different beliefs.

Monday, December 21, 2009

One Year Deadline for Asylum


     A foreign national must apply for asylum within one year after entering the U.S.  There are various exceptions to this, where the person's personal circumstances or the country circumstances have changed since entry.  If asylum is granted, s/he (and spouse and children) can apply for legal permanent residency one year after the approval.
     Importantly, the one year deadline does not apply at all if the foreign national qualifies for withholding.  Withholding means that the foreign national cannot be deported to a specific country because his or her life would be harmed upon return.  Under the law, an Immigration Judge does not even have discretion to deny a withholding claim if the evidence demonstrates that the foreign national qualifies.
    The one year deadline also does not apply to Convention Against Torture claims.  In those cases, a foreign national cannot be returned to his or her home country because the United States has signed an international treaty forbidding such a return.  In a CAT claim, the foreign national must demonstrate the government acquiesced to the torture.

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