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Representation in Affirmative Asylum Cases

Asylum is a form of immigration relief that may be granted to individuals who flee persecution in their home country and arrive in the United States to seek protection. Asylum provides individuals with lawful status in the United States and can lead to citizenship. In affirmative asylum cases (when the applicant is not in removal proceedings) the volunteer attorney prepares an application for asylum, which is filed with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. After filing the application, the attorney represents the client at a non-adversarial interview before the Chicago Asylum Office and will receive a decision at a later date.

National Immigrant Justice Center is dedicated to ensuring human rights protections and access to justice for all immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers including unaccompanied immigrant children and survivors of domestic abuse and violent crimes. NIJC provides direct legal services as well as policy reform, impact litigation, and public education.

Type of engagement

Litigation

Time commitment

Completion of required 3-hour training, then at least 40–70 hours. Affirmative asylum applications may be time-sensitive and require the work to take place over 2–3 months.

Training and support

New pro bono attorneys are required to attend an in-person asylum training before taking a case. Ongoing support and additional online resources are also available.

  • Training is provided and required
  • CLE credit for training

Acquired skills

Case management, client counseling, client/witness interviewing, motion practice, trial skills, writing/drafting

Skills and resources required

Given the extensive time commitment and expenditure of resources needed for asylum cases, NIJC generally partners with law firms rather than individual attorneys to ensure adequate resources are available to handle the case.

Location

Chicago, IL

Representation in Affirmative Asylum Cases

Asylum is a form of immigration relief that may be granted to individuals who flee persecution in their home country and arrive in the United States to seek protection. Asylum provides individuals with lawful status in the United States and can lead to citizenship. In affirmative asylum cases (when the applicant is not in removal proceedings) the volunteer attorney prepares an application for asylum, which is filed with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. After filing the application, the attorney represents the client at a non-adversarial interview before the Chicago Asylum Office and will receive a decision at a later date.

National Immigrant Justice Center is dedicated to ensuring human rights protections and access to justice for all immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers including unaccompanied immigrant children and survivors of domestic abuse and violent crimes. NIJC provides direct legal services as well as policy reform, impact litigation, and public education.

Type of engagement

Litigation

Time commitment

Completion of required 3-hour training, then at least 40–70 hours. Affirmative asylum applications may be time-sensitive and require the work to take place over 2–3 months.

Training and support

New pro bono attorneys are required to attend an in-person asylum training before taking a case. Ongoing support and additional online resources are also available.

  • Training is provided and required
  • CLE credit for training

Acquired skills

Case management, client counseling, client/witness interviewing, motion practice, trial skills, writing/drafting

Skills and resources required

Given the extensive time commitment and expenditure of resources needed for asylum cases, NIJC generally partners with law firms rather than individual attorneys to ensure adequate resources are available to handle the case.

Location

Chicago, IL