Since my last posting on US asylum for Egyptian Coptic Christians I have interviewed and spoken with many, many of you, both in the US and from Egypt who are interested in proceeding. Based on my discussions with you and with 2 experts on the subject it seems that conditions in Egypt right now have clearly undergone a material change. Although it is not as simple as simply stating “I’m a Copt and I want asylum”, it is also true that right now USCIS is favorably disposed towards these claims. Indeed, some of you are not even aware of how solid your claim for asylum really is. This is because sometimes the facts that are important to clients in their every-day lives are different than those which USCIS considers most critical. For example, many of you have asked if the fact that you cannot document past persecution will doom your case. In other words, does the mere absence of any past persecution mean that you will not qualify for asylum now. The answer to that question is NO. After all, an asylum claim is based upon a well founded fear of “future persecution“. So while evidence of persecution in the past may be “helpful” it is not dispositive. And having a skillful lawyer who knows the best way to present the facts of your case, as well as testimony from the most credible expert possible can help convince a Judge of the likelihood that you will be persecuted for being Christian if you are forced to return to Egypt.
So if you have been in the US for more than a year without filing a claim, do not despair. It may still be possible. Call my office today at 914 358-1400 to see how I may be able to help.