Asylum Attorneys in Rockville
Committed to Protecting the Human Rights of Immigrants Nationwide
At Yacub Law Offices, a deep-rooted commitment to human rights and the protection of refugees is in our DNA. For that reason, our firm is the vanguard of asylum law litigation. With more than 20 years in practice, our team has a long history in this complex area of U.S. immigration law and are well-recognized for our work in helping clients seek asylum.
Who Can Apply for Asylum Status?
Asylum is the legal procedure for immigrants seeking protection in the United States from persecution or fear of persecution in their home countries.
This includes fear of violence or threats due to:
- Political stance
- Membership in a certain social group
If you are eligible based on one or more of the categories listed above, you must apply within one year of your arrival to the U.S.
Asylum Application Process
First, you must be physically present in the United States, and have been here less than a year to apply. You must also remain in the United States during the application process.
- File application: You must file Form I-589 with the United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS). This application may also apply to your spouse and any children who are under the age of 21.
- Fingerprint and background check: You must submit to a background/security check and have your biometrics collected during the appointment.
- Interview: You will need to schedule and undergo an interview with the USCIS officer, who will ask you about your experiences in your home country. You may have an attorney present.
- Decision: You will be notified of your application approval or denial if you pass all the requirements
It is important to note that the procedures and qualifications for seeking asylum have recently changed for certain countries and immigrants. Consult an attorney for more information on the requirements for your home country.
Past Victories in Asylum Cases
Our first major victory and expansion of refugee rights happened while Attorney Ivan Yacub was a law student and worked in conjunction with a newly minted lawyer from Baltimore. The issue in that case was whether a Romanian refugee who arrived in the United States as a stowaway could obtain an asylum hearing in front of the immigration court. The regulations did not permit stowaways to challenge their deportation or exclusion in immigration court. However, it was successfully argued through a habeas corpus petition that the regulations were not consistent with the statute.
After that case, in Maryland, refugee stowaways began to have adversarial hearings in front of the immigration court. This was the first of many decisions which reshaped asylum law in the United States. In 2015, Yacub Law argued successfully that a woman who refused to permit the criminal gangs to recruit her son qualified for asylum. The case is Hernandez Avalos v. Lynch, 784 F.3d 944 (4th Cir. 2015). In this case, the asylum applicant was able to prevail even though she received threats from the MS 18 gang.
In 2017, Yacub Law Offices was again at the Fourth Circuit arguing a precedent setting case in asylum jurisprudence. Again, Yacub Law successfully argued, Zavaleta Policiano v. Sessions, 873 F.3d 241 (4th Cir. 2017). This time, our firm argued that the daughter of a businessman who was targeted by gangs because of her familial relationship qualified for asylum. The Fourth Circuit agreed and remanded this case to the immigration court for the issuance of a new opinion. This case, the client feared the MS 13 gang and was able to win her asylum in the United States.
My experience with Yacub Law has been excellent. My attorney, Ilana Kramer, is giving our case all the time and attention that is needed to support a young and at risk client.- Yolanda
Yacub Law team, we just want to thank you all for your support and time.- Mohsin Ali & Ansa Shafique
They are a world-class operation. Not only is Ivan Yacub a nationally-recognized authority in immigration law, and a wise and creative mind in legal matters, but he is also backed by an outstanding team of support professionals.- Gladys Giugale
He knows what he can do and will do it. I owe him my life.- Javad Ghandi
Very professional, and the staff is extremely outstanding. Thank you for all the help.- Ryesaps-Rous