4th Circuit Finds Domestic Violence can be Legitimate Asylum Claim

The Fourth Circuit issued a published decision (which means it has precedential value which must be followed by judges within the 4th Circuit) which finds a claim of asylum based on the Salvadoran government’s inability to protect a woman from domestic violence is a proper basis for a grant of asylum. The Case, (Ruth Jeanette Orellana v. William Barr (http://www.ca4.uscourts.gov/opinions/181513.P.pdf) , was …

Head of Household

Tax – Head of Household (Considered Unmarried) Many married people file their taxes as Head of Household in order to save money, not realizing that there are very strict requirments for such a status.  In order for you to qualify as “considered unmarried” you must meet the following criteria taken directly from the IRS website: Considered Unmarried To qualify for …

Family Can Be Social Group

Family Based Asylum Claim Explained – 4th Circuit The 4th Circuit held: “The BIA and the IJ improperly focused on whether Gomez’s father and brother were threatened due to a protected reason in order to impute such protection to the whole family. This was in error. The correct analysis focuses on Gomez herself as the applicant, and asks whether Gomez …