Asylum Law Basics

    A Brief History

    U.S. asylum law is derived from international agreements written after World War II which provide protection to people fearing or fleeing from persecution. The first agreement, the 1951 Convention Relating to the…

    Sources of Law

    Asylum law as adjudicated in the immigration system and federal courts draws on a relatively limited set of laws, regulations and jurisprudence. Adjudications primarily depend on Section 208 of the Immigration and…

    Elements of Asylum Law

    In order to be eligible for asylum, an applicant must meet the definition of refugee in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The INA defines refugee as: “Any person who is outside…

The information contained herein is for reference only and may not be up to date. It does not constitute legal advice. You should always consult an attorney regarding your matter.

This handbook is intended for use by pro bono attorneys and immigration attorneys working on LGBTQ/HIV asylum cases.

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