I am applying for asylum based on my political opinion. I am a blogger and write about the security issues of my country. My opinion is quite unacceptable for the establishment in my country and people having similar opinion have been humiliated and killed by the establishment. A friend of mine who is also an expert on the security issues, is willing to testify about the possible blow back and harsh reaction of the government that I would face if I return back to my country. But my friend is not physically present in USA. Can I still attach his statement with my application and if yes than what should be the heading and format of the statement.
Yes, you should definitely include his affidavit with your asylum application.
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Mr. Shusterman's (former INS Trial Attorney, 1976-82) response to your question is general in nature, as not all the facts are known to him. You should retain an attorney experienced in immigration law to review all the facts in your case in order to receive advice specific to your case. Mr. Shusterman's statement above does not create an attorney/client relationship.
Yes, absolutely, you can always send in as much evidence as you can to support your claim for asylum. However, that certainly can't be your only factual basis and you will need much more supporting evidence and statements to corroborate your claims. Further, asylum is a very specialized field of law and every word in the definition has been litigated. You want to speak to an attorney to make sure you actually have a claim that is worth pursuing, because upon denial you will be forwarded to immigration court for removal.
Yes. The friend can boost the weight of the statement's reliability by having it signed in front of the consulate officer at a USC consulate abroad.
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Yes, I have done this for a client before.
You will definitely need an attorney. While you may feel your situation is warranted an attorney will help apply the facts to the legal standard for asylum. An attorney can do the following for you:
1. Submit an application that meets the legal standard
2. Submit documents and declarations (like your friend's)
3. Attend the interview
4. Make arguments after the interview that could make or break a difficult case, even one you may think is slam dunk (there's no such thing in immigration law).
Since most attorneys give free consultations there's no reason why you cannot see an attorney.
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