Particular Social Group – Past Experiences

Hello, everyone. Yifei He, your immigration lawyer. Today, I'll be continuing my discussion on asylum. In particular, I'll be talking about the fifth and most amorphous category, particular social group. Again, to qualify for asylum, you have to prove you are persecuted or harmed on account of a protected class: race, religion, nationality, political opinion and fifth, particular social group. And it's the most difficult to define, the most amorphous. And that's because you don't have your particular race, which is easily identifiable. You don't have your particular religion, which is easily identifiable. You can pretty much be anything you want with particular social group, as long as you are harmed by it, and your harm was on account of that. And the example I will use today about particular social group is the one of past experiences. So a good example of qualification for asylum, based on PSG Particular Social Group based on past experiences, is for members of the police. A lot of individuals in Third World countries, for example, in Mexico, are former members of the police and they fought against the criminals who have set up a defacto government. Who have caused the country to be rampant with crime. And former members of the police are being persecuted by individuals of the criminal underground, who the government cannot protect them against, because the country again, is a narco state. So these individuals, former members of the police who fought against these druglords, qualify for asylum if they come to the United States because they were persecuted on account of the past experience as a police member harmed by the Gangsters, the narco traffickers, who the government cannot protect them against. And there's three qualifications for PSG. The first is immutability. The second is particularity, and the third is distinctiveness. And with respect to past experiences, these police members cannot change the fact that they were former police members. So that qualifies the first category, immutability. The second is particularity. Police members are sufficiently defined. They're not just any category. They're not just any person in society. They're not just anybody. So they're sufficiently particular. And so that satisfies the second criteria. And last is distinctiveness. If you are a member of the police, everybody knows you in society as a police officer. You're not just some random Joe Schmo or some random person off the streets. So the category you're defined as, as a former police member would qualify you under the PSG category for asylum. What does this explain? It's very complicated. You need an experienced attorney on your side if you're applying for asylum. And if you're looking to get your papers under the particular social group category, you can call me, Yifei He. We put the grant in immigrant. Thank you.