September 17, 2012

Orlando will always be known for Disney World. However, it is home of the 2nd largest university in the United States. The University of Central Florida, commonly referred to as UCF, is a metropolitan public research university. UCF is a member institution of the State University System of Florida, and is the second-largest university in the United States by enrollment with more than 60,000 Students. 

Political Asylum: 

Which is the better option?   Immigration Court vs. Asylum Officer 

Immigration Court

In Immigration Court, you are already out of status so you must win your case or the result will most likely be Voluntary Departure or Deportation. However, you have the advantage of a full hearing and to advance as much evidence as possible at trial. If the case is lost, it can be appealed to the Board of Immigration Appeals in Falls Church Virginia. The last appeal would be to the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, in Atlanta Georgia. 

Asylum Officer 

In this scenario, you are in status such as being a student on an F-1 student Visa. The Applicant requests a hearing by completing an I-589 form with written documentation. If you are in the State of Florida, the only place to be interviewed is Miami, Florida. The Officer will interview you with an attorney present and you are permitted live witnesses. The interview can last from 1-4 hours. 

The officer will send the decision in the mail. If it is unfavorable, you have (16) sixteen days to respond to meet the criteria in the letter. If the officer still concludes that political asylum should not be granted, the case is over. The applicant has NO APPEAL RIGHTS.  Although the decision may be unfavorable, your current status is no lost and thus will not be deported.

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