Asylum Seekers

Ms. Effron Sharma began her practice of immigration law as a volunteer representing asylum seekers. Her family too fled persecution to come to the United States two generations ago. Our firm handles a select number of asylum cases each year before the asylum offices in different locations around the US. Ms. Effron Sharma has represented asylum seekers from DR Congo, Mauritania, Guinea, Uganda, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sierra Leon, Liberia, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Egypt, Palestine, Iran, Iraq, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico, China, Bhutan, and India to name a few.

Asylum seekers are a vulnerable population, and we take the utmost care in expertly preparing applications and affidavits. We do not accept every case for filing, but we have not lost a case that we have filed before the asylum office. Having your case and your testimony well prepared from the beginning is very important. We encourage you to hire a country conditions expert, get a medical or psychological report done if you have been injured in your country, and get all possible relevant documents and records from your country to back up your asylum application, which will hinge on credibility and your ability to tell your story. Ms. Effron Sharma will spend time preparing your testimony with you once the interview is scheduled and talking about how to address different types of questions you could be asked. Ms. Effron Sharma will personally attend the interview with you and will be there through the whole process.  

if you are thinking of applying for asylum, contact us. Ms. Effron Sharma can help you evaluate your case and prepare for the process.

TPS (Temporary Protected Status)

Temporary Protected Status is available to citizens of certain countries that Congress has designated. Most recent are countries affected by Ebola.  We often see TPS holders from Honduras, El Salvador, Liberia, and Haiti, to name a few. Generally, unless the applicant falls under certain exceptions, they have to register during the designated period. TPS is not a path to permanent status per se, but TPS holders can generally renew every year. Now, current case law allows TPS holders who do not have deportation orders to obtain a travel document, leave the US, and come back. Sometimes this is all that is needed for adjustment of status in cases where an immigrant who previously entered the US illegally is married to a US citizen or otherwise would be eligible for adjustment of status through employment or family sponsorship. Inquire with us.