On August 24, 2006, Attorney Stewart Lin helped a Christian win a withholding of removal in the Houston Immigration Court. The uniqueness of this case is that this individual entered the US seven years ago in 1999 and did not file his asylum/withholding of removal application until 2006.
A Christian from an Asian country, this individual was persecuted in his country for participating in underground church activities. However, he was not baptized until 7 months after he came to the US. Fearing that the filing of asylum application may bring his families into trouble, this individual did not file the application with his friend's help until 2006. His application was denied by the Asylum Office, and he was put in the removal proceeding at the Houston court.
Sensing the difficulties he faced, this individual came to our office seeking help of Mr. Lin. At the trial, witnesses including the pastor of the church where the individual attended were prepared and waiting to be called outside of the courtroom. Nevertheless, half way through the trial, believing that he has presented an impeccable case, Attorney Stewart Lin decided to waive the testimony of the two witnesses as he felt that he has convinced the judge of the past persecution of this individual and as such established reasonable fear of future persecution. This strategic call is proved to be a right decision as the judge did side with us and granted the relief of withholding of removal. However, as the asylum application was not filed within one year after the petitioner entered the US, he is not qualified for asylum. With withholding of removal, nevertheless, this individual will be able to stay in the US legally until the persecutory condition in his country disappears
Over the years, Mr. Lin has represented hundreds of aliens in removal and/or bonding proceedings in immigration courts and is renowned for his skillful representation of cases. Our asylum clients include people persecuted in Asian, Middle East, and South American countries. If you, your families, or your friends have fear of returning to your country, please contact Lin and Valdez. As we always say, the help you may need, is just a click away.