Why haven’t I been scheduled for my political asylum interview?

I recently saw a woman in my San Francisco office who came to see me because her political asylum case has been pending for two years and she has not been scheduled for an interview.  This is not unusual and I have clients in my own caseload in the same situation. The asylum division of […]

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An Anthropologist Unravels the Mysteries of Mexican Migration

I read an interesting article in the online version of National Geographic, first reported in Bender’s Daily Immigration Bulletin.  The article is an interview with Jason De León, an anthropologist and the author of a book, The Land of Open Graves:  Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail.   The author grew up in the […]

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Immigration Blog Round-up, week ending December 13, 2015

Every week I feature blogs published by solo practitioners or small law firms from across the United States that have been written in the previous week.   If you would like to be included, please contact me. No EB5 visa law changes today, Published by Tahmina Watson, Esq. (Watson Immigration Blog) from Seattle, Washington   […]

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Gift ideas for the holidays – What to give to a new U.S. citizen?

As I was driving through Walnut Creek, on the way to BART, I was passing by a lot of stores and thinking about how crowded they looked.  Then I began thinking about my blog.  While I do not know what to give as gifts to the people closest to me, I have a few ideas […]

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New Asylum Case on Family as Social Group

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Rios v. Lynch, — F.3d — (9th Cir. 2015)  recently held that the Board of Immigration Appeals (“BIA”) erred in not considering an applicant’s claim that he would be persecuted on account of his family connections and thus did not fully consider the family as a […]

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Immigration Blog Round-Up, Week ending December 6, 2015

I have decided to change the days of blog round up from Fridays to Sundays.  It seems more natural to have a “round-up” at the end of the week.  So, every Sunday I will feature blogs published by solo practitioners or small law firms from across the United States.   If you would like to […]

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Five Tips to Prepare for your Asylum Interview

With delays of two years, at a minimum, from the date of filing to the date of the asylum interview, at least in San Francisco, it is important to be well prepared for the interview.  In most cases, this will mean updating the supporting documents to show that country conditions are still the same if […]

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How do I clear my immigration record so I don’t get stopped at the airport?

I recently had a client returning from a trip abroad through the San Francisco International Airport.  He was stopped and referred to secondary inspection where he had to wait for a Customs and Border Patrol (“CBP”) officer to question him.  He is a lawful permanent resident and thus was mystified as to why he was […]

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