Asylum Law Basics

Asylum seekers have been under assault for the past four years, although the new administration is pledging to reverse some of the most harmful changes made under the prior administration. Immigration legal practitioners must be prepared to help guide vulnerable asylum seekers through the often-confusing legal system. Practitioners new to the asylum process are encouraged to join us for a discussion on the basics of asylum law, including concepts of past persecution and well-founded fear, the five protected grounds and how to establish a nexus to these grounds, humanitarian asylum and bars to asylum. We will also discuss filing tips and the affirmative and defensive asylum process. Finally, we will discuss any recent changes to asylum policy and procedures implemented during the early months of the new administration as they pertain to the basics.