The recent immigration order by the Biden Administration introduces severe restrictions for immigrants wanting to cross the border and seek asylum. As immigration attorneys, we are concerned that this requirement gives applicants only four hours to find legal representation, which is insufficient time to prepare a solid case. 

Immigrants crossing the border without documentation will be subject to expedited removal, although they still have the possibility of applying for asylum. In this application, “credible fear” interviews will be a key requirement and will be conducted by USCIS; having legal assistance is essential in these cases. This policy raises the standards for evaluating cases, making it more challenging to demonstrate situations of risk. 

We recommend that anyone planning to seek asylum arrives prepared with the help of an immigration attorney, so this new policy does not affect the preparation of their cases.