A foreign national physically present in the U.S. may apply to CIS for political asylum based on the risk of persecution by the government or other bad actors in their home country.
James Mayock began his career as an immigration lawyer by representing indigent Salvadoran during the wars in Central America. Precedent setting opinions in the Court of Appeals include:
Turcios v. INS, 813 F.2d 262 (9th Cir. 1987) [Political Asylum: credibility]
Platero v. INS, 804 F.2d 1127 (9th Cir. 1986) [Political Asylum: credibility]
Castillo - Villagra v. INS, 972 F.2d 1017 (9th Cir. 1992) [Administrative Notice]
E&M represented the former Prime Minister of Ukraine, Pavel Lazarenko, in political asylum proceedings initiated after he fled persecution by then President Kuchma.
E&M often uses the Political Asylum process as a bridge to Cancellation of Removal for deserving individuals who might otherwise not have access to an Immigration Judge in Removal Proceedings.
E&M strategizes and pursues key Political Asylum applications vigorously.