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Unaccompanied Children Can Now File Asylum Applications With Uscis And Not Through An Immigration Judge In A Removal Proceeding
By The Houston Asylum Attorneys at Law Offices of Steven Tuan Pham
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced it is now responsible for initial adjudication of applications for asylum from “Unaccompanied Alien Children” (UAC) under the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 (TVPRA). The Houston Asylum Application Attorneys at the Law Offices of Steven Tuan Pham are experienced asylum lawyers and had assisted numerous clients, including unaccompanied children, to file for asylum applications with the Immigration Courts and filing appeals with the Board of Immigration Appeals. If you would like to know more information regarding Asylum Law or to consult regarding your specific application, please contact the Houston Immigration Lawyers and the Houston Texas Asylum Lawyers at 713-517-6645 .
An Unaccompanied Alien Child is an immigration law terminology referring to a child who was not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian that entered the U.S. without inspection or does not has lawful immigration status in the U.S., and the child is under the age of 18. As such, unaccompanied children can now file asylum application with USCIS and do not have to go through the adversarial process of in removal proceedings Some of these children previously would have been required to file for asylum in immigration court with the Executive Office for Immigration Review in the Department of Justice.
The new asylum application procedure for UAC was created by the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 (TVPRA). Under one of the provisions of the TVPRA, these unaccompanied children, who have been issued a Notice to Appear (NTA) in immigration courts, will now file their initial application for asylum with USCIS with their local district office. The TVPRA also provides an opportunity for unaccompanied children, who did not previously file for asylum with USCIS and, who either have a pending claim in immigration court, on appeal to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), or in U.S. Federal Court of Appeals, to have their asylum claim heard and adjudicated by a USCIS asylum officer in a non-adversarial environment (out of court proceeding and without a government attorney by the Department of Homeland Security, DHS).
Should you have further questions for concern about the TVPRA or how to file an asylum application, please contact the Houston Immigration Attorneys and the U.S. Asylum Application Lawyers at the Law Offices of Steven Tuan Pham.. Our Houston Texas Asylum Attorneys are experienced immigration lawyers who have assisted a number of clients successfully filed asylum applications with the USCIS and with the Board of Immigration Appeals. Our U.S. Asylum Lawyers may be reached at 713-517-6645 .
Unless specifically stated, attorneys are not certified in any specic areas of law with the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Furthermore, immigration Law is a vast area of law and requires an immigration attorney with years of experience to understand the intricacies of the Immigration & Nationality Law. The information above is generalized based on current immigration law at the time this article was written. You should contact a Houston Immigration attorney at the Law Offices of Steven Tuan Pham for more information. Law Offices of Steven Tuan Pham is a Houston-based Immigration Law Firm where customer’s satisfaction is the focus of our legal services. You are invited to contact the Houston Asylum Application Attorneys and the U.S. Unaccompanied Children Asylum Application Lawyers at the Law Offices of Steven Tuan Pham today at 713-517-6645 or complete our Online Contact Form.