Favorable Decision in Chawla v. Holder Appeal
California’s Christopher Stender has worked as an immigration attorney for nearly a decade. In that time, Christopher Stender has had numerous decisions published by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. One such favorable decision was in the case of Chawla v. Holder, where the immigration attorney represented Mr. Satpal Singh Chawla. Here are some key facts from that decision.
Mr. Chawla petitioned for a review of the Board of Immigration Appeals’ (BIA) decision to reject his request for asylum. His request was based on his fear of persecution because of his Sikh religion. Both the BIA and an immigration judge questioned the credibility of Mr. Chawla’s testimony, but the judges in California’s 9th Circuit Court of Appeals determined that Mr. Chawla’s testimony was indeed credible.
In conclusion, the court accepted Mr. Chawla’s petition. Its findings directed the BIA to reassess whether Mr. Chawla had been persecuted in India, whether that persecution would continue upon his return, and whether such treatment was covered by United States asylum law.