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ASYLUM – It’s not as easy as you may think

Posted by Shahzad Khan | Sep 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

I get calls all the time from random people asking about various ways to get their relatives to the United States.  In particular, I had person call me yesterday which wanted to get his sister-in-law to the United States and figured that filing for Asylum was the best way possible.  So, naturally I educated the person on the basic requirements of an asylum application and then asked them what has happened to their relative.  Has their relative faced persecution as it relates to race, religion, nationality, membership in a social group, or political opinion or does the relative have a well founded fear of future persecution based on race, religion, nationality, membership in a social group, or political opinion. So, I asked him what are the particular facts and circumstances of his sister-in-law's case.  When hearing the requirements of asylum, the person informed me that his sister-in-law has not been persecuted in any such manner.   The only thing that she has going for her is that she is Palestinian and therefore is a person without a homeland.

Unfortunately, being a person without a country is not going to get your asylum claim approved. You have to have specific facts and circumstances establishing persecution or a fear of future persecution. Understand that asylum cases are fact specific cases.  So, your facts have to establish your case.  There has to be credibility to your testimony and to the facts that you provide in your application.

I have handled asylum cases.  These are cases of victims of the Syrian civil war.  I wish I could write about the horror stories that i have heard from these people, but this blog post is not the right place to write about them.  These are people who have endured torture, chemical weapon attacks, kidnappings, murder and other atrocities. Based on the facts presented to me, these are cases which should be sufficient to get approved and yet, many of them do not get approved.

Therefore, if you have claim, whatever that claim may be, for asylum, I invite you to contact my office to set an appointment to explore your particular factual scenario and determine your eligibility for asylum relief.  Please call the office at 972.961.3095 or email us at [email protected].

About the Author

Shahzad Khan

Shahzad R. Khan is an accomplished attorney/litigator. He has over ten-years of experience in the practice of law in Immigration, domestic relations, estate planning, and corporate matters. He is experienced in civil litigation and an author of several published articles on family law issues. Ove...


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