Asylum Manual January 2012


The purpose of this manual is to provide practical support for pro bono attorneys representing clients in asylum cases.  While every asylum case differs, the information and materials herein will provide a starting point to facilitate the application process.  This manual was developed to assist attorneys specifically volunteering for Public Counsel and representing clients at the Los Angeles asylum office and/or the Los Angeles immigration court.  Because local procedures differ throughout the country, please consult your local DHS and EOIR offices if you area assisting in other jurisdictions.  Please also keep in mind that Los Angeles is within the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and for that reason the manual's legal discussion is based on Ninth Circuit precedent.   

This manual is a guide to asylum practice and does not purport to discuss all aspects of immigration practice related to asylum cases.  Immigration law changes frequently and attorneys must conduct independent research to learn of such changes.  Additional sources should be consulted when more complex questions regarding current law and procedure arise. 

Download the manual. Download Appendices One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine and Ten.