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Asylum and Humanitarian Relief

James E. Pittman, Esq., has a proven track record of success in asylum cases, both at the USCIS Asylum Offices and in the Immigration Courts, as illustrated by the following examples:

  • Asylum granted to a young Guinean man who was imprisoned for months without trial and severely beaten in his country for organizing students in support of an opposition political party. The Immigration Judge also granted an exception to the one-year filing deadline.
  • Asylum granted by the Asylum Office to a stateless Tibetan who fled Nepal after Nepalese authorities refused to renew his residency permit and threatened to deport him to Chinese-controlled Tibet
  • Asylum granted by the Asylum Office to an Afghan journalist who had worked for the Voice of America (VOA) in Afghanistan and whose life had been threatened by warlords and Taliban forces.
  • Asylum granted after successful rebuttal to Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID) where an Ethiopian national, claiming past persecution based on opposition political activism, had filed the case on his own. The Asylum Office intended to deny the case. Upon being retained, James E. Pittman successfully argued the rebuttal to the NOID, resulting in the Asylum Office reversing their position and granting asylum.

Asylum is an immigration status granted to persons who are found to be refugees within the meaning of the immigration laws, who are outside their country of origin, and who are unwilling or unable to return to their country because of past persecution or a well-founded fear of future persecution on account of one of the following grounds: race, religion, nationality, politicial opinion, or membership in a specific social group.

Asylum may be granted by either a USCIS Asylum Officer or by an Immigration Judge. A grant of asylum allows the foreign national to live and work in the United States indefinitely.