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Recent Decision Offers New Hope for Immigrants Looking for Asylum

West Palm Beach Asylum Lawyer

West Palm Beach Asylum Lawyer

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for the United States recently ruled that immigrants who have been denied asylum based on their initial interviews must be allowed to appeal this decision in the U.S. court system. This ruling will represent a significant change in the way Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) approach the process of approving or denying these applications. It will also put a stop to the current common practice of fast denials and near-immediate deportations for immigrants who fail this initial step toward achieving asylum in the United States.

Establishing “Credible Fear”

One issue that has arisen in the past regarding initial interviews with asylum seekers is the failure on the part of these immigrants to demonstrate that they have “credible fear” regarding their return to their native lands. In the specific case decided by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Vijayakumar Thuraissigiam had fled Sri Lanka because of torture, abuse and imprisonment inflicted upon him as a result of the civil war in his country. Upon his entry to the U.S. across the Mexican border on February 17, 2017, Thuraissigiam was promptly arrested by agents of the U.S. Border Patrol. Despite his history of being tortured and jailed, Thuraissigiam failed to pass his initial screening and was scheduled for deportation back to the country he had only recently fled.

The Value of Solid Legal Representation

This case highlights the need for a qualified West Palm Beach immigration lawyer for asylum applications and other issues related to visas and citizenship applications. Your West Palm asylum lawyer can appear on your behalf at hearings and other meetings with immigration officials to ensure that you and your family are represented in the most effective fashion possible. This can help you to feel more secure while allowing you to pursue your goals of remaining in the U.S.

If you need help from a qualified West Palm Beach immigration lawyer, the experts at Pozo Goldstein can deliver the right solutions for you and your family. Our team will work with you to determine the best approach for your case and to provide you with assertive and effective representation. Call us today at 561-578-4977 to schedule a free consultation with our immigration experts. We look forward to the chance to serve you.