US Judge Stalls Trump's Asylum Restrictions THE STORY: A federal judge has temporarily blocked Trump’s asylum ban. The decision came after lawyers sued the Trump administration for trying to stop immigrants who enter the country illegally from seeking asylum. THE CONTEXT: Trump has tried to reshape U.S. immigration practices since he took office in 2017, but the federal judiciary has been a recurring check on his policy changes. A … [Read more...] about Arrivals: This Week in Immigration News (11.19.18 – 11.23.18)
The asylum immigration lawyers at NYC based Lightman Law Firm have many years of experience helping immigrants from countries throughout the world apply for asylum, including Russia, Ukraine, El Salvador, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Liberia, and Guinea, just to name a few. What’s the difference between past persecution and a well-founded fear of future persecution? An applicant for asylum is a person who has … [Read more...] about Immigration Asylum and Persecution
Can people from the former Soviet Union apply for asylum? The short answer is yes - people from the former Soviet Union can apply for asylum. When we say former Soviet Union, we are referring to the countries that are today Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikstan, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Turkmenistan, and Moldova. Of course, every case is unique, and every country in … [Read more...] about Asylum from Russia, Ukraine & Other Former Soviet Union Countries
What is asylum? Non-citizens who are physically present in the United States and are afraid to return to their country of origin can apply for asylum in the United States, if they have suffered past persecution or fear future persecution based on their race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a social group. What is the asylum process like? If a person is making an initial application for asylum, and they are not … [Read more...] about Asylum: What is it, and What is the Process Like?
Can LGBT people apply for asylum? The short answer is yes. Those who are LGBT or perceived as LGBT can be defined as a "social group" for asylum purposes. Applicants must still meet the general requirements. Asylum is for people who have suffered past persecution or who fear future persecution based upon a protected category. LGBT is a social group that counts as such a category. What kind of LGBT asylum cases have you worked on? LGBT … [Read more...] about Asylum for LGBT People
I heard that there was a recent change to how the Government will schedule asylum interviews. Can you tell me more about that? Applying for asylum has always been a difficult and complicated process, one in which an experienced asylum lawyer is essential. This is truer than ever, especially with recent changes in asylum procedures that were announced by the Administration at the end of January 2018. Basically, the changes can be … [Read more...] about Changes to Asylum Procedure
In many countries in the world, Christians face brutal persecution by their governments, because of their religion. We at Lightman Law Firm are committed to helping those who are fleeing religious persecution, who want to live safely in the United States, and practice their faith. Did you know that there anti-Christian laws on every continent in the world? Some would argue that Christians are the most persecuted group in the world. And … [Read more...] about Christian Asylum Immigration Lawyer
I am here in the United States, but I am afraid to return to my country of origin. What can I do? Non-citizens who are physically present in the United States and are afraid to return to their country of origin can apply for asylum in the United States. Asylum is a form of protection that the government gives to foreign nationals. The laws pertaining to asylum are very complex and you should definitely hire a licensed and experienced … [Read more...] about Asylum: Immigration Lawyer with Experience