Michael Terry

Attorney

Licensed in CA

Practicing since 2009

BAR #11295

As a former Asylum Officer, Mr. Terry would conduct screening interviews for people placed in expedited removal proceedings who requested asylum or express a fear of returning to their country of nationality. USCIS is a component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). As an USCIS Officer, Mr. Terry was placed in a unique position where, every day, he would meet new people from around the world who were fleeing from persecution. He would collect testimony from asylum-seekers, often eliciting harrowing accounts of bravery and perseverance, while at the same time reviewing each case for potential fraud to protect national security. He would interview applicants about claims of past persecution and fear of future persecution. Mr. Terry would also scrutinize applicants for credibility relating to claims of race/religion/nationality/social group/political opinion. In addition, Mr. Terry would also evaluate and adjudicate interviewed cases and prepare approval assessments for permanent residence and referrals to Immigration Court.

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“Mr. Terry is an experienced and caring attorney who always stands ready to test the boundaries of the law. His experience working for USCIS as an asylum officer provides our firm with the unique perspective of how our counterparts think and what their motives are. Mr. Terry is a wonderful addition to our firm and we look forward to his contributions.” - Shawn F Matian

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