Asylum Training

At various points in your asylum representation, you may need to file a procedural motion with the immigration court. This might be a Motion for a Continuance if you need to request a later hearing date; a Motion for Telephonic Appearance or Telephonic Testimony; or a Motion to Accept Late-Filed Evidence.  On this page you will find sample motions that you can use and adapt. As always, make sure to consult the Immigration Court Practice Manual for detailed instructions on formatting and submission of motions. 

One of the challenges in detained asylum cases is working with a trauma survivor. The resources on this page provide techniques and guidance on how to effectively represent a trauma survivor, as well as how to recognize and handle secondary trauma. 

Throughout the asylum representation, you will need to research various aspects of asylum law. The resources below address asylum law generally, as well as selected specific issues. 

The first several immigration court appearances in an asylum case are generally one or more “master calendar” hearings. These materials on this page will walk you through what Master Calendars are, how they work, and how to prepare for them. 

In the weeks leading up to your client’s individual hearing, you will prepare your client and any witnesses to testify. The materials on this page will help you prepare for the hearing. 

There are many possible outcomes at the end of an individual hearing. The materials on this page will provide you with information about the different possible IJ decisions and what they mean, as well as practical guidance to give your client about what happens after the decision.