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.



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Representing Detained Asylum Seekers: An Overview

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

Practice
Guide

Overview of Asylum Third Country Transit Bar

Immigration Justice Campaign
As of July 16, 2019, non-Mexican asylum seekers who enter the U.S. via the southern land border are barred from asylum if they did not apply for and receive a denial of refugee status in a third country en route to the U.S. This overview explains the bar and its implications, as well as the limited exceptions to the bar.

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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.

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