Archive for the ‘Asylum’ Category

BIA Has Authority to Expand List of “Particular Serious Crimes” Which Would Limit Asylum Claims

Delgado v. Holder (9th Cir. 8/19/2011) Most folks with a passing understanding of immigration law know that certain crimes will lead to the denial of immigration benefits or removal.  For instance, you would be ineligible for asylum if you were convicted of an aggravated felony, regardless of how meritorious your claim of persecution may be.  […]

Fraud by Immigration Consultant May Toll Deadline for Asylum Cases

Viridiana v. Holder (7/20/2011) One of the things to keep in mind about filing for asylum in the U.S. is the one year deadline. That is, an asylum application must be filed within one year of entering the country. Applications filed late, even if they are meritorious, will not be considered. One year may seem […]

Asylum Applicant Not Required to Corroborate Testimony that

Singh v. Holder (9th Cir. 6/17/2011)-UPDATED The Ninth Circuit court of Appeals, with all judges in the circuit taking part in the decision, voted to reverse itself regarding an earlier decision which I previously discuss .  The issue in this case was whether an asylum applicant is required to provide additional evidence which corroborates his […]

Firm Resettlement a Bar to Asylum

Matter of A-G-G (B.I.A. 5/12/2011) Although asylum is a powerful form of relief for those who qualify for it because it offers at path permanent resident status without the need for a sponsor, it is subject to certain limitations.  One such limitation, as discussed in this case, is the doctrine of “firm resettlement.” The immigration […]

Gender May Form Basis for Membership in a Social Group Under Asylum Law

Perdomo v. Holder (9th Cir. 2010) In the immigration field, asylum is one of the most hotly litigated areas.  Over half of all immigration cases which are appealed relate to asylum claims.  This is because the terms and definitions used in the asylum statutes are so broad that more often than not, court intervention is […]

Immigrations Judges May Require Asylum Applicants to Produce Corroborating Evidence

Singh v. Holder (9th Cir. 2010) In a dismaying decision which will have long term repercussions in all future asylum hearings, the 9th Circuit ruled that an immigration judge may require an applicant to provide corroborating documentary evidence to support his testimony, even if the applicant was credible.

Religious Conversion Is a Basis for Qualifying for Exception to Rule That Asylum Application Must Be Filed Within One Year.

Taslimi v. Holder (9th Cir. 2010) Generally, a person seeking political asylum in the United States must file the application within one year of his or her entry into the country.  An application which is filed later than that would be considered time-barred.  Regardless of the merits of the case, such application will likely be […]

Motions to Reopen Asylum Cases Reviewable by Appellate Court

Kucana v. Holder (U.S. Supreme Court 2010) In this case, the U.S. Supreme Court settled a split among the appellate circuits as to whether a motion to reopen an asylum petition is reviewable by an appellate court.  The Court determined that because there is no statutory basis which bars appellate courts from reviewing motions to […]

Person Who Suffered Mistreatment for Opposing Government Corruption Eligible for Asylum

Baghdasaryan v. Holder (9th Cir. 2010) The respondent in this case, Baghdasaryan, was a citizen of Armenia.  He filed for asylum in the United States because of persecution he suffered on account of his political opinion.  In sustaining his case, the 9th Circuit found that opposition to government corruption is a type of political opinion […]

Another Crime Added to the Moral Turpitude List

Uppal  v. Holder (9th Cir. 2009) This case expands on the moral turpitude doctrine.   That is, a person who violates § 268 of the Canadian Criminal Code is considered to have categorically committed a crime of moral turpitude.  The Canadian statute deals with aggravated assaults.  In examining the language of § 268, the 9th Circuit […]

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