Because new cases interpreting asylum law come out daily, it is undoubtedly one of the most complex areas of immigration. Attorneys help applicants prepare the best package from the beginning to ensure the highest likelihood of success. Here are the top three myths debunked.
Myth #1. Attorneys are too expensive.
Whenever you hire a guide, there is a fee. The same is true to have a competent advocate explain and escort you through the application process. Consider the value of winning a case. When you do, include the value of all family members to work in the U.S. legally. Eventually, they will get green cards and, later, become U.S. citizens. Moreover, many attorneys offer convenient payment plans to help reduce the burden.
Myth #2. Documents are Unnecessary.
Applicants who choose to apply on their own often fail to present all the documents needed or the right documents. An attorney can help with that. For example, a foreigner who is applying for asylum based on domestic violence might present a police report filed against her spouse. This is good, but it is not enough. An experienced attorney would add to that research demonstrating that victims of domestic abuse in the applicant’s country are not protected by the police and judges. Expert attorneys in this field would know where to find the proper research to accompany the case.
Myth #3. I can do it on my own.
Like any other application, a foreign national who has a competent translator (or who reads English) can complete the empty spaces. In this way, an application for asylum is like a tax return. Anyone can do it. However, if the asylum application is denied, the result is worse than a tax audit. After a denial, the case will need to be presented either to an Immigration Judge or on appeal to the Board of Immigration Appeals. The likelihood of winning before the Board is less than ten percent (10%). PLUS the applicant will need to reasonably explain why they did not include much of the important information when they completed the application on their own (or with a notary).
Consult an Immigration Expert.
Although the author is a Board-certified immigration expert, this guide is intended as general information and not specific legal advice. This communication does not create an attorney-client relationship. Schedule a consultation with an attorney to address individual concerns. See the link below to the author’s blog about asylum.