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Getting Started: Overview of Asylum Law and Process

For those new to asylum cases, this is the best place to start. The materials here provide a general overview of asylum law and procedure, with a focus on detained asylum cases.



E-course
75 Min.

Representing Detained Asylum Seekers: An Overview

Immigration Justice Campaign
A comprehensive overview of asylum law and procedure for detained asylum cases.

Article

Asylum in the United States

American Immigration Council
A brief overview of the asylum system in the United States, including how asylum is defined, eligibility requirements, and the application process.

Practice
Guide

Week by Week Guide for Detained Asylum Cases

Immigration Justice Campaign
This nuts and bolts week-by-week guide will guide you through all the steps and procedures involved in handling a detained asylum case. Print this out and refer to it throughout your work on your case.

Practice
Guide

One Pager on Asylum Eligibility

Immigration Justice Campaign
This one-pager highlights the essential elements of asylum eligibility in the U.S. May serve as a useful reference during interviews with detained clients.

Practice
Guide

Pitfalls in Asylum Cases

Immigration Justice Campaign
A must-read for anyone working on asylum case, this brief practice guide summarizes the major bars to asylum and provides examples of factors in your client's case that would warrant further research and analysis as to whether a bar might apply.

Mock
Hearing

Mock Asylum Hearing

Prof. Michele Pistone, Villanova University
This video contains a mock asylum hearing. Watching it as you start preparing your case will give you a good sense of the work you will be doing.

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