ABSTRACT

Nikolai, in the US on a visitor’s visa, sees an ad in a Russian-language newspaper, which offers help to people seeking asylum. He is very excited that this may be a way for him to stay in the US, so he makes an appointment with the “expert” who promises him easy sailing with his asylum application. He manages to pull together the money the “expert” requires to begin to process it. Months go by, and Nikolai hears nothing. He is stopped by the police for failing to have a current inspection sticker on the car he is driving and all hell breaks loose. He finds out that the “expert” has done nothing on his asylum claim, so he is detained for overstaying his visitor’s visa.