Online Asylum Filing Made Easy! Keystrokes to Success

Online Asylum Filing Made Easy! Keystrokes to Success

Online Asylum Filing Made Easy! Keystrokes to Success (Seminar Recording)
Live Event Date: 08/15/2023
Format Length CLE Eligible
Web Seminar 90 min. Yes

Does the USCIS online asylum process seem too complicated or frustrating to even try? If so, attend this session (co-sponsored by the AILA Asylum and Refugee Committee) to learn how easy it can be to complete and file affirmative asylum applications online! Our panelists will teach online asylum filing best practices, including tips and tricks for navigating the USCIS Online Account portal.

Featured Topics:

  • Best practices representing asylum seekers before the asylum offices (no matter which way attorneys file!)
  • Common online filing pitfalls and how to avoid them
  • Easy-to-use templates
  • Post-filing: methods to update client addresses and supplement the application through the online filing portal
  • Asylum interviews: discussion of how asylum officers conduct interviews in cases filed online

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Katie Herbert Meyer (DL), AILA Asylum and Refugee Committee, St. Louis, MO

Katie Herbert Meyer is an Associate Professor of Practice and Director of the Immigration Law Clinic at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri. She serves on AILA’s national Asylum and Refugee Committee and regularly teaches and speaks on asylum law and policy. She is a 2003 graduate of Washington University School of Law, where she received awards for her public service.

Sara T. Ghadiri, Pro Bono Counsel, Chapman and Cutler, Chicago, IL

Sara Ghadiri is Pro Bono Counsel at Chapman and Cutler LLP, where she supervises and administers the firm’s pro bono programming, services, and partnerships across all offices. Her role includes managing a substantive case load, as well as seeking out new pro bono partnerships and expanding existing ones with legal service partners and financial institution clients. Sara also works to use technology to facilitate volunteer engagement.

Mercedes Riggs, Asylum Program Managing Attorney, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon – SOAR Immigration Legal Services, Portland, OR

Mercedes Riggs is the Asylum Program Managing Attorney for SOAR Immigration Legal Services, a program of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. Prior to her work at SOAR, she was a sole practitioner. She is currently a member of AILA's asylum committee. She is past co-chair of the Congressional/Advocacy Committee for the Washington AILA chapter. Ms. Riggs received her undergraduate degree in Product Design from Stanford University and her JD from Santa Clara University.

The speaker's/author's views do not necessarily represent the views of AILA, nor do they constitute legal advice or representation. Practice tips provided are based on the speaker's/author's experiences and the current state of the law. Please be sure to conduct legal research and analysis for your unique situation as the law changes quickly and experiences may differ from your own.