Preparing the Application

    Declaration Dos and Don’ts

    Do Assist the applicant to shape their declaration. Some attorneys feel like since the declaration is the applicant’s own story, it should be submitted to DHS in exactly the form that applicant first writes it….

    Annotated Sample Declaration

    SAMPLE DECLARATION UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES ASYLUM OFFICE LYNDHURST, NEW JERSEY IN THE MATTER OF: JOAO DOE STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF APPLICATION FOR POLITICAL ASYLUM I,…

    Corroborating Client-Specific Documents

    One of the greatest fears that an asylum adjudicator has is that the applicant has fabricated their story and that nothing they are saying is actually true. It is therefore essential to provide as…

    Corroborating Country Conditions

    21.1 Researching Country Conditions To win an application for asylum, the applicant must demonstrate that they have a subjective fear of future persecution and that this fear is objectively reasonable. To accomplish…

    Indexed Country Conditions Sample

    The country conditions index that follows was submitted for a case in which the applicant had received death threats from a skinhead “social cleansing” group. This index does not correspond with the sample…

    Sample Cover Letter

    23.1 Cover Letters for Affirmative Applications 23.1.1 Cover Letter for “Barebones Submission” If you are submitting an affirmative application, as discussed in Chapter 14, it is advisable to submit the I-589 almost…

    Assembling Everything

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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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