Perfecting a Winning Strategy for Asylum Applications

(74 Ratings)

Produced on: February 26, 2018

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 60 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Each year people come to the United States seeking safe haven from different grounds of persecution. The numbers of asylum applications EOIR and the USCIS Office receive each year continue to increase, setting an unprecedented volume of backlogged cases. After you’ve experienced several affirmative or defensive asylum cases, you’ve learned the fundamentals of the process. This intermediate-level session will address drawbacks that you might encounter after you proceed deeper into your asylum practice and offers practical tips on how to address them when they arise.

Follow immigration attorney Ruby Powers, as she provides an update on hot topics in asylum, discusses creative approaches for addressing common pitfalls and as she reviews other relevant topics. Additionally, through her expertise, she will provide innovative ways to help attorneys strategically plan ahead and develop a strong asylum case.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Determine the implications of the USCIS Asylum Interview Scheduling Priority Order
  2. Identify potential credibility issues and how to avoid them
  3. Address the one-year filing deadline and exceptions
  4. Recognize bars to asylum and how to identify if there are any exceptions
  5. Discuss best practices for filing, preserving the record and preparing your client


Ruby Powers

Powers Law Group, P.C.

Ruby L. Powers is the founder and managing attorney of Powers Law Group, P.C. Located in Houston, Texas and Hackensack, New Jersey, the five-attorney firm focuses on immigration law including asylum, waivers of inadmissibility, deportation, family– and employment-based immigration. She is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, one of 164 such attorneys in Texas. A graduate of University of North Carolina School of Law, she is an alumna of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, and is a member of Leadership Houston's current class.

As the child of a Mexican immigrant, Powers gravitated toward an international life by later marrying a Turkish immigrant. Having lived and studied in Belgium, Mexico, Turkey, Spain, and the United Arab Emirates, Powers speaks Spanish, French, and a hint of Turkish.

With a passion for service and justice coupled with cultural understanding and an interest for immigrants, Powers dedicates her law practice to immigration law with focus on areas of immigration law including: asylum, family-immigration, employment-based immigration, waivers, removal and deportation proceedings, and citizenship and naturalization. For almost a decade, Ruby L. Powers has managed her firm and in 2011 she ran her law firm from Dubai and Turkey for 14 months. In April 2018, she opened the firm’s office in New Jersey.

She is currently serves on the AILA USCIS Service Center Operations Liaison Committee, TSC Subcommittee and the Media Advocacy Committee. She has served as AILA’s Law Practice Management Chair between 2015-2017 and TX Chapter Advocacy Liaison 2015-2018. Powers was awarded the AILA Advocacy Award 2017, Houston Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award and Women Who Mean Business Women to Watch Finalist, Houstonia Magazine Top Lawyer, and Super Lawyers Rising Star.

She is a frequent national and international speaker and author on immigration law and law practice management topics.

When not running her law firm or doing community work, she enjoys spending time and playing board games and traveling with her husband and their two young children.


Bielka M. T.

I really love all of Ruby Powers classes. I have personally called her for further guidance on these classes and she has been more than helpful.

Joe P.


Geoffrey K.

Ms. Powers was a very good speaker and provided excellent materials.

James L.

A good presentation on a most important area of immigration law

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