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Legal representation for children’s asylum claims

Legal representation for children’s asylum claims

By Brian in Asylum | on 2023-10-03 22:03:48

Navigating the immigration system is a nerve-wracking experience for many and extremely daunting for others. If one is unfortunate enough to be placed in removal or deportation proceedings, the experience is even worse. Having an experienced immigration lawyer to assist with navigating this complex and even daunting immigration system can make a huge difference, especially for children seeking asylum. 

At J. Sparks Law, PLLC, we have experienced asylum lawyers who help children seeking asylum in the Chicago area to apply for and obtain asylum.

Like all other refugees, children’s claims to legal protection under U.S. asylum laws are governed by the 1951 UN Refugee Convention and the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees, to which the United States is a party. Children flee violence and persecution for the same or similar reasons as adults. 

However, these children also flee their native countries for other reasons that are unique to their status and experiences as children. For this reason, handling a child’s asylum claim requires the help of an experienced immigration lawyer who understands and knows how to best represent these vulnerable children seeking asylum.

What a Child Asylum Lawyer Can Do 

For children fleeing violence and other forms of persecution in their native countries, it’s critical that they seek and obtain asylum protection in the U.S. This is when having the help of an experienced immigration lawyer makes a world of difference. A lawyer can do many things that would make it easier for the child seeking asylum and their family to navigate the immigration system and get approved for asylum.

These include the following:

  • Consultation. Children seeking asylum are some of the most vulnerable members of our community. To best represent a child seeking asylum, it is critical to have a full understanding of the child’s circumstances. This is accomplished by having one of our immigration lawyers talk to the child and the child’s parents or guardian. 
  • Strategy. At the conclusion of this initial consultation, we will come up with a strategy to pursue and get asylum approved for the child. This typically involves the preparation and filing of paperwork with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the agency that handles cases like this.
  • Filing. Once we have received all the necessary information and documents concerning the child’s application for asylum, we prepare and file the required documents with USCIS. These documents include evidence and a compelling case we prepare to make it easy for an immigration officer reviewing the application to approve it.

After submitting the application, we monitor for any developments in the processing of the application and keep the child or their guardian informed about the progress. When the application is approved, and asylum is granted, we help guide the child on the next steps to be taken to obtain permanent residency in the U.S. as an asylee.

Contact an Austin Asylum Attorney Today

If you are a child seeking asylum in the Chicago area or are a parent or guardian of one who is, contact J. Sparks Law, PLLC, today to learn how we can help you.

Julie Sparks

Julie Sparks is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Immigration and Nationality Law, one of a few such attorneys in Texas. After 15 years of practice in this field, she has represented immigrants from more than 70 different countries.

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