Immigration Law Section

This section provides members the opportunity to exchange information with other immigration law practitioners and provides a newsletter to members on both federal and State immigration laws. It also provides annual CLE programming on immigration law.

Siskind Susser P.C.
2300 21st. Ave. South, Suite 201
Nashville, TN 37212
Immediate Past Chair
Olsen Law Firm
535 Chestnut Street, Suite 160
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Law Offices of Sean Lewis, PLLC
144 Second Ave N Ste 150
Nashville, TN 37201

U.S. to Consider Spousal Abuse in Immigration Claims

The Justice Department’s Board of Immigration Appeals has determined for the first time that domestic violence victims may be able to qualify for asylum in the United States. The ruling by the board that decides appeals from federal immigration courts is significant because it means that the government now recognizes domestic violence victims as a potentially protected class of people seeking refuge in the United States. The decision establishes a broad and firm foothold for an untold number of women whose asylum claims have been routinely denied in the past. WATE has more.

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Immigrant Children Filing for Asylum, Not Citizenship

A WREG story referenced in yesterday’s edition of TBAToday incorrectly reported that the current wave of immigrant children are trying to become U.S. citizens. TBA Immigration Law Section Chair Bruce Buchanan points out that the children are not attempting to become U.S. citizens, but are filing for asylum and, if granted, they would become asylees. After a year as an asylee, they can apply for permanent residence (green card) and continue in that status for a number of years. At some later date — at least 5 years depending on the age they obtained the green card — they could apply to naturalize to be U.S. citizens.

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