Shoshanna Malett

J.D., LL.M.

Shoshanna Malett, Esq., is an attorney practicing immigration law in New York City.   Her practice includes representing clients and reviewing cases for other attorneys to help determine eligibility for asylum.   In recent years, Ms. Malett has published numerous articles on immigration topics and has taught various CLE classes.   She participates in many community outreach programs on topics such as naturalization, battered women and special juvenile immigrant status as well as forums in which she provides general immigration information to the public.   Ms. Malett has been interviewed and cited to in many scholarly works including Human Rights First in their 2010 publication on the asylum one year filing deadline.

A 1990 graduate of CUNY School of Law, Ms. Malett obtained her LL.M. in International Human Rights law in 1994 from The Washington College of Law at American University and is admitted in New York. After seven years working for various law firms in New York and Washington DC, Ms. Malett joined the government as an Asylum Officer, working first for the Department of Justice and then for the Department of Homeland Security.   While at the Asylum Office Ms. Malett participated in the mentor program and trained other officers on topics such as the development of law in one-child cases and domestic violence and gender as asylum claims.   Ms. Malett left the government in 2006 to start her own practice and to spend more time with her children.

Ms. Malett lives in New York City with her husband of 16 years, Peter, and their two wonderful children.   In addition to her law practice Ms. Malett is active in both her childrens' schools and was elected to the Student Leadership Team numerous times.


Articles By Shoshanna Malett

I Waited Too Long to Apply for Asylum in the United States: Can I Apply for Asylum in Canada?
The Safe Third Country Agreement between the U.S. and Canada says that (with some exceptions) you can apply for asylum only in the first country you arrived in.
Your Asylum Interview Appointment: A Walk-Through
A step-by-step guide to what will happen at your asylum interview.
Can I apply for asylum if a family petition has been filed for me?
Question I am a citizen of Guyana who walked across the border from Mexico into the United States. I have no papers. My brother is a U.S. citizen and he filed a petition for me, but it will be years before my “visa number” comes up. Can I file an asylum claim? Answer In terms of basic legal procedures,
When, How to Include Family Member Dependents on Your Asylum Application
If you want your family members in the U.S. to receive approval of asylum along with you, they can be included in your application -- but such a step may also result in the whole family facing removal proceedings together.
Can I Apply for U.S. Asylum If I'm From India?
Despite being the world’s largest democracy with 1.22 billion people, thousands of Indians regularly leave India to seek asylum.
When Can Asylee Get Green Card for New, Undocumented Spouse?
If the marriage happens after you gain asylum status, you face a long and uncertain procedure to attempt to gain lawful immigration status for an undocumented spouse.
Claiming Asylum Based on Persecution on Account of Political Opinion
Wondering when it's appropriate to tell U.S. immigration authorities that you were persecuted based on your political opinion?
Can I Apply for Asylum After Sneaking Off Ship Where I Was a Crew Member
Question I am a Burmese citizen who worked as a sailor on a commercial container ship my entire life. When I learned my ship would be docking in Los Angeles, California in September 2013, I began planning my escape. When the other sailors went ashore I pretended to be sick and stayed on the ship until
Why Were You Persecuted? Proving the "Nexus" or Motivation in an Asylum Claim
The harm an asylum applicant suffered must have been "on account of" one of five grounds, not random or merely personal.