How to Expedite an Asylum Interview–or–Ask and Ye Might Just Receive

by Jason Dzubow on March 30, 2017

These days, the estimated wait time for an affirmative asylum case is somewhere between eternity and forever. It can best be expressed numerically as ∞. Or maybe as ∞ + 1. In other words, affirmative asylum cases take a long damn time. (OK, to be fair, you can get some idea about the actual wait time here).

Asylum seekcars waiting for their interview.

For some people, this wait is more of a problem than for others. For example, if your spouse and children are outside the United States waiting for you, and especially if they are living in unsafe or unhealthy conditions, the wait can be intolerable. A growing number of people are abandoning their cases simply because they cannot stand the separation. Others are moving to Canada, which apparently has a faster system than we have in the States. The problem is not simply that the wait is long—and the wait is long. The problem is that we cannot know how long the wait will be. Maybe the interview will come in six months; maybe in three years. Maybe the decision will come shortly after the interview; maybe it will take months or years. This unpredictability contributes to the difficulty of waiting for a resolution to the case.

For others people—single people without children or families that are all together here in the U.S.—the wait may be stressful, but it’s far more bearable. For my clients in this position, I advise them to live as if they will win their cases. What else can they do? To live under the constant stress of potential deportation is unhealthy. And the fact is, most of my clients have strong cases, and the likelihood that they will succeed it pretty high. So it is best to live as normally as possible. Find a job, start a business, buy a house or a car, go to school, make friends, get on with life. In the end, if such people need to leave the United States, they will have time to wind down their affairs and sell their belongings. For now, though, if I may quote the late, great Chuck Berry, Live like you wanna live, baby.

But what if you want to try to expedite your case? How can you maximize the chances that the Asylum Office will move your case to the front of the line?

First, before you file to expedite, you need to complete your case. The affidavit must be finished and all the evidence must be organized and properly translated (if necessary). If you expedite a case and the case is not complete, it could result in real problems. For example, I once had a client put himself on a short list without telling me. Then one day, an Asylum Officer called me and said that they wanted to schedule his interview for the following week. The problem was, the evidence was not submitted (or even gathered) and the affidavit was not done. The client insisted on going forward, and so (while I helped with interview preparation), I withdrew from the case. I did not want to remain affiliated with a case that was not properly put together, and I did not want to represent a person who took action on his case without informing me. In general, there is no value in expediting a case only to lose because you are not prepared for the interview, so make sure your case is complete before you try to expedite.

Second, you need a good reason to expedite. Remember, you are asking to jump your case ahead of hundreds–maybe thousands–of people who are also waiting for their asylum interview. Why should the Asylum Office allow you to do that? One common reason is that the applicant has a health problem (physical or mental). If that is your reason, get a letter from the doctor. Also, provide some explanation for how an early resolution of the asylum case might help improve your health situation (for example, maybe you have a health problem that is exacerbated by the stress of a pending case).

Another common reason to expedite (and in my opinion, the most legitimate reason to expedite) is separation from family members, especially if those family members are living under difficult or dangerous circumstances. If an asylum applicant wins her case, she can file petitions to bring her spouse and her minor, unmarried children to the United States. Many people come to the U.S. to seek asylum not for themselves, but because they fear for the safety of their family. Since it is so difficult to get a U.S. visa, it’s common to see asylum seekers who leave their family members behind, in the hope that they can win asylum and bring their family members later. So when the wait for an interview (never mind a decision) is measured in years, that’s a real hardship. For our asylum-seeker clients with pending applications, we have seen cases where their children were attacked in the home country, where family members went into hiding, where children could not attend school or get medical treatment, where families were stuck in third countries, etc., etc., etc. Such problems can form the basis for an expedite request.

To expedite for such a reason, get evidence of the problem. That evidence could be a doctor’s note for a medical problem or an injury, or a police report if a family member was attacked or threatened. It could be a letter from a teacher that the child cannot attend school. It could be letters from the family members themselves explaining the hardship, or letters from other people who know about the problems (for advice on writing a good letter, see this article). Also, sometimes family members receive threat letters or their property is vandalized. Submit copies of such letters or photos of property damage. It is very important to submit letters and evidence in support of the expedite request. Also, remember to include evidence of the family relationship–marriage certificate or birth certificates of children–to show how the person is related to the principal asylum applicant.

There are other reasons to request an expedited interview: Until an asylum case is granted, applicants may not be able to get certain jobs, they cannot qualify for in-state tuition, they face the general stress of not knowing whether they can stay. While these issues can be quite difficult to deal with, I think that they do not compare to the hardships suffered by people separated from family members. Indeed, if I were in charge of the Asylum Division, I would allow expedited interviews only in cases of family separation.

Once your case is complete and you have gathered evidence in support of the expedite request, you need to submit the request and evidence to the Asylum Office. Different offices have different procedures for expediting. You can contact your Asylum Office to ask about the procedure. Contact information for the various Asylum Offices can be found here.

One last point about expediting asylum cases: The system for expediting cases is not well-developed, meaning that sometimes, a strong request will be denied or a weak request will be granted. There definitely seems to be an element of luck involved in the expedite request process. But of course, unless you try to expedite, you can’t get your case expedited. If an initial request is denied, you can gather more evidence and try again (and again). At least in my experience, most–but not all–cases where there was a good reason to expedite were, in fact, expedited.

Besides expediting asylum cases, it is also possible to put your case on the “short list,” which may result in an earlier interview date. You can learn more about that and a few other ideas here.

It is still unclear how changes in the new Administration might affect the speed of asylum cases, but I doubt that the asylum backlog is going away any time soon. In that case, for many people, the only options are to learn to live with the delay or–if there is a good reason–to ask for an expedited interview and then to hope for the best.

{ 91 comments… read them below or add one }

Marta Solomon August 15, 2017 at 8:54 pm

Hi Jason,
Thank you so much for your help it’s very helpful.its only a week since I arrived to US and am starting an asylum process now am 20 and I lived with my families I have siblings and they are suffering now their life is in danger so
1. can I ask expedite b\c of this?
2.can I file a petition to bring them?
3.is there any possibility that I can bring them here ?

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Jason Dzubow August 17, 2017 at 6:19 am

1. You can ask, but it is very unlikely to work – separation from children or spouse is a stronger basis to expedite, since you can bring those people to the US if your case is granted. 2. Not unless you become a US citizen, and then the waiting time is (currently) about 12 years. 3. Not really; they have to find their own way here. Maybe you could talk to a lawyer in the US to get some ideas to help them, but a sibling relationship is not very useful for US immigration purposes. Take care, Jason

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John July 27, 2017 at 1:22 pm

Can you expedite your asylum case after 3 months of submisssion due to medical reasons (psychological issues)?

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Jason Dzubow July 28, 2017 at 6:10 am

You can try. Get evidence of the problem and submit it to your local asylum office with an expedite request. Make sure your entire case is complete and submitted as well, so in case you are expedited, you will be ready to go. For the expedite procedure, you should contact your local asylum office. You can find their contact info if you follow the link at right called Asylum Office Locator. Take care, Jason

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Deep July 25, 2017 at 7:25 pm

Hi jason
Thank you for doing wonderful work for asylum seekers. I want to know about to expedite case in asylum office. You have stated many times about to submit affidavit with all our docs. What dis affidavit is all about ? Because my current lawyer has not mentioned about any affidavit. He said you have to bring asylum story and evedence or supporting letters related to the case.
Pls tell me how to submit affidavit and whats is that about.
Thanks

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Jason Dzubow July 26, 2017 at 6:25 am

The affidavit is the same as the story – it is just your statement of what happened and why you need asylum. Take care, Jason

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Thomas July 20, 2017 at 4:21 pm

Thank you so much for all your help. Which forms do l need to fill in order for me to expedite my asylum case. How do l go about it?

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Jason Dzubow July 21, 2017 at 6:26 am

You would need to get the form from your local asylum office. You can email them to ask, and maybe they can send it to you. But you might have to go in person to get the form. You can find the email address if you follow the link at right called Asylum Office Locator. Take care, Jason

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Brix July 13, 2017 at 7:46 pm

Hi Janson,
I want to get some clarification for how to expedite my file which is pending for getting the interview.
I had sent my file i-589 for the asylum application almost six months.
Currently, my family in my home country is faced with fear and certain threats due to my escape. Besides that, I wrote recently that my son suffers from a known disease (which the doctor calls genetic disease), Living conditions for them are not good, worse than I am not there. It is a very painful separation, especially unexpected.
Can I request an acceleration of my file for the interview as long as my file is still pending?
The evidences are there (child health’s evidence and threats’s evidence,…)

Thank you!

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Jason Dzubow July 14, 2017 at 4:54 pm

You can request it and these seem like good reasons to expedite. Good luck, Jason

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Brix July 13, 2017 at 2:14 am

Hello Jason,
Many thanks for your time. Following your advice, you save thousands of lives without knowing it. What you do, helps many of the people we are and opens our eyes. I am very optimistic because I have an excellent lawyer is God. But that does not stop me for asking you some questions.
1) I am an asylum seeker, it has been a week since I sent my i-765 after spending 150 days without a decision from immigration. And at the same time, I made a letter requesting to accelerate my file, given my health, tooth decay, without medical support, you know what this can do. I had no evidence from a physician, the only evidence is my physical condition and it is true.
A couple days ago, I asked you a question about speeding up the file, you said, we need evidence, and if there is no such thing as my case, it will not be considered? Although it will depend on them.
2) I left my country for political reasons, and right after my family had recently received threats from unknown people about me, according to my escape. I have a child, the latest who suffers of Sickle Cell (Anemia) and it is very hard life, health and imagine especially that I am not with them on the spot, now, it’s becoming a security problem for them, can I make another letter to request the acceleration of my file? Concerning this permanent danger, I have all evidence for that, Is that a good idea to make a letter for requesting my file to be speed.
As for my asylum file sent, everything was very well prepared and I am ready to go to the interview if ever I was called.

3) I sent my i-765 form in Phoenix, AZ after talking with a USCIS representative on the phone for where to file, but other people told me I should to send at Lincoln such as I’m living in NE. Is it a mistake or misunderstanding? because, in their website, it’s clear and what I saw in the USCIS website, evrything is clear (https://www.uscis.gov/i-765-addresses), is what the USCIS agent told me. Please, as you know many things in this domain, please let me know. I’m not doubting but it’s just for verification. As you know, in this world, some people pretends to know everything.
I prefer to get information from the source and I ask if I don’t know, I’ do not base myself on the principe of “mouth-to-the-ear”.

Thank you for answering me.

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Jason Dzubow July 13, 2017 at 6:35 am

1- They may consider your situation without evidence, but of course, if they have evidence, that makes them more likely to listen. 2 – A sick child is a very good reason to expedite your case. Get some evidence of his health condition and his birth certificate (so they know he is your son) and ask to expedite. 3 – You have to check the instructions about where to file, as I cannot advise about that. I will say that sometimes the people on the phone make mistakes, and I would rather rely on the website instructions. If you did send it to the wrong place, they should return it to you and you can refile. But if you do not have a receipt in maybe 3 or 4 weeks, call USCIS to see whether it was received. Take care, Jason

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Fibrix July 13, 2017 at 7:06 pm

Hello Jason,
Thank you for your help.
I will file or make a appointment as said in their website concerning how to expedite case, I see humanitarian reason is really took in consideration.
For the address where I filed my i-765, it was correct, I got today a notification that my form was received by USCIS.
Thanks again.

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ANGIE July 9, 2017 at 7:40 pm

Hie Jason,

I once wrote a letter to the Lindhurst Offices in Newjersey inquiring about my asylum case which i filed last year in August and their response was this:-

Please let us know in wrtting if you would like to 1)withdraw your case, 2) expedite your case (submit evidence), 3) you are willing to travel to NJ for the interview.

Then at the bottom they wrote that they have received my asylum case and is queued for scheduling for interview, once resources permit i will be called for the interview.

My question is, can i respond to them telling them that i can come for the interview in NJ as per their indication if i am willing? or is it possible for me to both request to expedite and tell them that i can also come/willing to come to NJ for the interview? i am in Buffalo NY.

Thank you in advance.

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Jason Dzubow July 10, 2017 at 6:23 am

I see no reason why you cannot tell them that you would do the interview in NJ or Buffalo, if that is what you want to do. Make sure that all documents are submitted, in case they call you for an interview. Take care, Jason

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Evan June 27, 2017 at 9:20 pm

Dear Jason,
if I decide to withdraw my case, will I ever get a chance of new visa, or does it mean the life-long block?
What is the procedure of withdrawal? How long does it usually take?
Thanks.

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Jason Dzubow June 28, 2017 at 6:33 am

If you want to withdraw, contact the asylum office and let them know. You can find their contact info if you follow the link at right called Asylum Office Locator. If you withdraw and leave the US (or stay in lawful status), you should be able to get a new visa in the future. The fact that you sought asylum may make it more difficult to get a new visa, at least for certain types of visas (such as B, F, and J), but will likely have less affect on an applications for other types (like H or L). Take care, Jason

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Malkit June 22, 2017 at 3:31 pm

Hi I am seeking asylum… and I am living in Chicago. Lots of people says that I need to move California so that my asylum case % work win asylum is better at California and New York. What is your views. Please help.

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Jason Dzubow June 23, 2017 at 6:37 am

I do not think it matters too much. I wrote a blog post about this on February 25, 2016, and maybe that would help. Take care, Jason

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Taranjeet Singh June 13, 2017 at 10:53 pm

Hi Jason I applied asylum case in dec 214 and in 2026 I applied u visa still waiting for deceision my question is this it almost 3 yrs my asylum hearing not yet and I hve seen the chart on usics website it mention the are interviewing those application who applied in 2015 last week my friend got interview he applied after then me wt can I do plz help plz

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Jason Dzubow June 14, 2017 at 6:32 am

If they have passed your date on the Asylum Office Scheduling Bulletin, you should contact your local asylum office and ask about it. Hopefully, they will then schedule you for an interview. You can find their contact info if you follow the link at right called Asylum Office Locator. Take care, Jason

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Asylum seeker June 2, 2017 at 8:05 pm

Hi Jason,
Many thanks for your continuous support! Today i have received a letter from Chicago asylum office Status Inquiry Response stating that Your case cannot be expedited at this time. Updating information regarding asylum case scheduling priorities is available—— website. Your case will be added to the interview schedule as caseload and scheduling constrains allow. So it means they rejected my expedited request? What can I do now? How to bring my child here. I got shocked once I saw this letter.

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Jason Dzubow June 4, 2017 at 8:19 am

It sounds like they rejected the expedite request. If you gather new evidence, or if the situation gets worse, you can ask again to expedite. There might also be a “short list” in Chicago, but I do not know. You would have to contact them about it. As for bringing family to the US, the main ways are visitor visas, student visas, and work visas. The fact that you have a pending asylum case will likely make it harder for them to get a visa (though in most cases, it is pretty difficult to get a visa anyway). Probably the best bet is to put together a better expedite request and try again. Good luck, Jason

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mak June 15, 2017 at 6:15 am

Hi Jason, please could you let us know how to request USCIS to put our case on “short list” – thank you so much and stay blessed.
mak

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Jason Dzubow June 16, 2017 at 6:33 am

Not all asylum offices have a short list. You can contact your office and ask them. You can find their contact info if you follow the link at right called Asylum Office Locator. For offices with a short list, usually you can just email them and they will put you on the list. Take care, Jason

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BR July 6, 2017 at 7:28 pm

Hi Jason
We very gratefull for the support and help provided.

I need to expedite my pending asylum case which i filled last year in SanFfrancisco however i don’t know how or what the procedure is,i tried to call the local office on the numbers provided on their website it landed on the voice mail and when i was finally able to get in touch with the customer care from National Customer Service Center (NCSC) at 1-800-375-5283 ,they still couldn’t help me and redirected me to this number 41557513 00 which still even when you call on Monday and Fridays you don’t get through to anybody and so i’m stuck i don’t know how to do this.
I sent an email in 30 days there is no replay yet.
Their is no enough information you get on their website as of how to do this..(Vhttps://www.uscis.gov/policymanual/Print/PolicyManual-Volume1-PartA-Chapter12.html)

Do i write a letter and combine all my evidence ,where do i send these to whom do i direct the letter.

Kindly advise ,i will be grateful to know the way forward.

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Jason Dzubow July 7, 2017 at 6:43 am

If they will not respond to an email, you may want to go in person to the SF office to ask. You can find their website with their business hours if you follow the link at right called Asylum Office Locator. Otherwise, I do not specially know the procedure at the SF office. My local office (Virginia) has a form to complete and submit, and maybe SF does too. Or maybe you just send them a letter request. Remember that you must complete your entire case and give it to the asylum office at the time you ask to expedite. Take care, Jason

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Maher May 25, 2017 at 3:57 am

Hi Jason

Can you please share an expedite response form ( accepted one ) thanks

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Jason Dzubow May 26, 2017 at 6:20 am

I am not sure what you mean. When they agree to expedite, they let you know and then schedule you for an interview. The process can take a few weeks or several months. Take care, Jason

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Zax May 23, 2017 at 2:15 am

Hi Jason,
I applied for expedite interview (Chicago office)three months ago. To date, I haven’t received any response, when I tried to check on the website, it says that my receipt number is invalid. Can you advise what I should do? Are they not at least obliged to notify me that it has been rejected? So frustrated !!!

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Jason Dzubow May 23, 2017 at 10:04 pm

You cannot check an asylum case on-line. However, they should have replied to your request to expedite. You can contact the local asylum office and ask them about the request. You can find their contact info if you follow the link at right called Asylum Office Locator. Take care, Jason

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Asylum seeker May 20, 2017 at 10:28 am

Hi, everyone. Can you give me an advice regarding what I should do? I am currently in my home country(Ethiopia), I am a first year university student. Nothing has happened to me so far but I fear future persecution if I speak out my political opinion. There is an ongoing state of emergency persecuting any person critizing the government. My question is, should I go to the US and apply for an asylum or fearfully and silently leave under a dictator government.

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Jason Dzubow May 21, 2017 at 9:45 am

I cannot advise you about that, but given that you have not been politically active and it sounds like you have not be harmed or threatened, you would not have a very strong asylum case. Of course, I do not know all the details, and so I cannot say for sure (for example, if your family members were persecuted, you might have a good case). Take care, Jason

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Sarah May 12, 2017 at 8:45 pm

My husband is a graduate student (on F-1) (from third world country) at the state univ PhD program. 1 year ago asylum application was submitted. According to scheduling bulletin it is gonna take about 2 more years to get an interview. We need to leave for one year prog to Turkey. It seems advance parole is risky business. So if we leave without advance parole and reapply for student visa (to complete the last 2 years of PhD program), shall we be granted F-1,2? Won’t the asylum application auto dismissal be problem to get student visa?

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Allen May 12, 2017 at 10:04 pm

It is a bad bad idea! without AP, your husband cannot return to US. with asylum history, his chance for future student visa is slim to none.

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Sarh May 13, 2017 at 12:06 pm

What is the best way to ensure reentrance to US?

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Allen May 14, 2017 at 12:15 am

advance parole is the only way I can think of.

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Jason Dzubow May 14, 2017 at 7:51 am

If you have a pending asylum case and no other status, you need Advance Parole, form I-131, available at http://www.uscis.gov. Take care, Jason

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Jason Dzubow May 14, 2017 at 7:38 am

I do not know whether the asylum application will automatically disqualify you for F visas, but I think it is very likely that you will be able to get F visas and return to the US. Probably you are better off canceling your asylum case if you leave this way. You can email the asylum office to close the case. You can find their contact info if you follow the link at right called Asylum Office Locator. But I would recommend you talk to a lawyer. Maybe you can get Advance Parole and try to keep your case “alive” by returning periodically to the US. Take care, Jason

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Allen May 14, 2017 at 10:29 pm

I’ve heard people who have asylum cases pending while on F1 and J1 visas were denied for extension of their programs in the US. I know one Iranian girl applied for DS2019 document (exchange program) extension and was denied due to Asylum. So, applying these types of visa outside the US may even risky and have 99% of chance for refusal .

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Allen May 14, 2017 at 10:35 pm

I remember someone suggested in a lawyer forum that: if you are on a non-immigrant visa program in the states and have asylum case pending, you can still continue your program during the maximum amount of time it permits and USCIS has no reason to check your immigration status. But if you make changes to your program or even extend you program, USCIS will have to check your immigration status in their system and they will very likely to deny your extension due to the fact that you are applying for a non-immigrant visa extension program while you already proved that you want stay in the US by applying asylum.

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Jason Dzubow May 15, 2017 at 6:27 am

For people leaving the US, this is definitely a problem if they are trying to return on an G or J visa. But to change status within the US seems to be less of a problem. We do not see it all that often, but we have seen people change from an F to a B, or change schools on an F visa, or start OPT, all without problems. This was all pre-Trump, but I think as long as the person does not leave the US, there is a decent chance he can change status within the US while asylum is pending. Take care, Jason

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amir April 28, 2017 at 7:38 am

Dear jason
. me and my small son apply asylam in usa and my wife have visa b1b2 when she want to come to us they denied his entry and thay send him back south africa the child need his mother and her mom miss him to much tell who i bring his mom back we apply ayslam may 2016 please tell.me.if there is way to bring him back the child is 7year old please help us

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Jason Dzubow April 30, 2017 at 10:04 am

If you have applied for asylum, it will be more difficult for your immediate family members to come to the US, especially if they have already been denied entry. The problem is that if you come with a B visa, you are supposed to stay for 6 months or less, and then leave. But if you have asked for asylum, the US government will think your family plans to stay. Some types of visas – like the H1b and L – allow you to come to the US even if you have an intention to stay. Maybe they could try for that type of visa. Or they could talk to a lawyer who specializes in non-immigrant visas to see if they can make their application stronger. Also, you could try to expedite your case (as discussed above) and if you win, you can bring your family members to the US. Take care, Jason

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Br May 24, 2017 at 11:19 pm

Hi Jason,
Based on the replay above i understood that with my asylum pending status my close relative (spouse ) can apply for H1B and being granted with no problem regarding my status in USA.
My question is since H1B is also considered a non immigrant visa as why don’t the US gov worry about my spouse intent to stay.

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Jason Dzubow May 26, 2017 at 6:18 am

I do not know about that – but normally an application for H1b visa would not be affected by a spouse’s asylum application. However, I do not know the facts of your case, and so maybe there is something else going on that could affect (for example, if the government thinks you are lying on your application about something). H1b visas are “dual intent,” meaning you can have an intent to come temporarily to work and an intent to remain permanently. Take care, Jason

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Taria April 25, 2017 at 4:46 pm

dear Jason: would you be able to solve this buzzle ? or anyone out there have an explanation !!!! I have applied for an asylum. my receipt Starts with ZBO########## . when ever I go online to check my case status it tells me ( invalid reciept number ) !! I recently moved to a new place, i went online to change my address through USCIS online tool, it says the same thing ( invalid receipt ) !! I called USCIS customer service to change my address over the phone , the guy asked my receipt number and said this is invalid and can’t help you , i asked told him then i will just mail AR-11 form he said that won’t work and they will not change your address because your receipt is invalid !! i went ahead and sent AR-11 to Virginia because AR-11 form ask for A-number not receipt number !! but the problem is if you have a pending case you still need to change your address over the phone or online !! I did a deep search trying to figure out what ZBO stands for and wether it exists in USCIS system or not but there was no information at all !! even-though i’m expecting its related to Boston Sub-office of newark asylum office. .. this scared the hell out of me because by the law I need to change my address within 10 days !! any thoughts Mr.Jason would be highly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

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Tina April 27, 2017 at 4:12 pm

My 2 cents as I understand it. You can not get an update on a pending asylum case online. The receipt number will always return invalid. You cannot also change it over the phone. You need to fill the AR-11 form and mail a copy to the local asylum office that has jurisdiction over your case. I will also send a copy to USCIS. I hope this helps and there is nothing to worry about. Be strong and GOD bless you.

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Jason Dzubow April 30, 2017 at 7:09 am

I agree. You can also send the AR-11 form to the local asylum office via email. You can find their email address if you follow the link at right called Asylum Office Locator. Take care, Jason

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Jason Dzubow April 28, 2017 at 3:44 pm

You cannot check an asylum receipt number online, and to change your address, you need to submit an AR-11 form (available at http://www.uscis.gov) directly to your local asylum office. You can find their contact info if you follow the link at right called Asylum Office Locator. I would mail it or email it to the asylum office (probably in NJ for you), and I do not think it is anything to worry about. As for ZBO, I think it just means asylum office Boston (for example, the Arlington, VA office is ZAR – asylum office Arlington). I do not know why they use Z. Take care, Jason

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Asylum seeker April 24, 2017 at 3:42 pm

Dear Jason,
Many Thanks for all your kind helps! Today I called the USCIS to inquire about my EAD. They told me that, it was approved on 21st April. I can check the status while waiting for an approval notice (Please find the below information for the same). What is the approval notice? Am I allowed to work with that? or I have to wait until I receive my EAD? if so how long do they take to print and send my EAD?
Many thanks in advance
Banu

On April 21, 2017, we approved your Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization , Receipt Number xxxxxxxxxxxx. We will mail your approval notice. Please follow the instructions in the notice. If you move, go to http://www.uscis.gov/addresschange to give us your new mailing address.

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Allen April 25, 2017 at 12:47 am

hey, you can start to work now, but you have to apply for SSN before you can receive salary. It takes more or less 10 days. On which day, to which office did you apply?

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Asylum seeker April 29, 2017 at 9:39 pm

Dear Allen,
I have submitted my EAD application by Mar.1st 2017. I asylum office is Chicago and live in Cleveland. I have received a notice of approval by 24th Apr. 17 and EAD card by 28th Apr.17. It is a good news!
But I left my 3.5 yr old son back home and he turned into 6. H

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Jason Dzubow April 30, 2017 at 10:55 am

You may want to try to expedite your case based on family separation. I did a posting about that on March 30, 2017 – maybe that would help. Take care, Jason

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Asylum seeker April 29, 2017 at 9:44 pm

Dear Allen,
I have submitted my EAD application by Mar.1st 2017. I asylum office is Chicago and live in Cleveland. I have received a notice of approval by 24th Apr. 17 and EAD card by 28th Apr.17. It is a good news!
But I left my 3.5 yr old son back home and he turned into 6. He is under critical medical condition and I haven’t heard anything from asylum office. Now he is not able to attend the school. He miss my support terribly. My separation caused him a stress and trauma, he couldn’t sleeping, eating food properly! I am also in the same situation as my son. Hope god will answer my prayers!
Good luck with your application process!
Best wishes
Banu

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Allen April 30, 2017 at 12:16 am

I am very sorry to hear about your son. I suggest you let your relatives in your home country collect some medical record for your son and try to write a good letter + some supporting document for an expedite interview. I just filed my expedite request yesterday and let’s see what happens. Expedite is some times just luck but if you can provide some nice documents such as your health problem ( medical transcript or psycological diagnosis by a certified therapist), it would help a lot. Once you win your case, you can file for your family to join you. Hope things turn better for you as soon as possible!

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Jason Dzubow April 30, 2017 at 10:58 am

Also, maybe you can try to meet your child in a third country – you can travel and return to the US with Advance Parole (form I-131, available at http://www.uscis.gov). Take care, Jason

Jason Dzubow April 30, 2017 at 10:56 am

You may want to try to expedite your case based on family separation and these various hardships. I did a posting about that on March 30, 2017 – maybe that would help. Take care, Jason

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Jason Dzubow April 28, 2017 at 2:58 pm

If this is your first EAD, you cannot work with only the approval notice. You need the card. It should arrive in a few weeks (or sooner). Take care, Jason

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Mohammad April 24, 2017 at 4:53 am

Dear Jason,
My asylum status now, is pending.My question is if I have to move to another place, which not locate by current asylum office, what will happen to my turn in waiting list for the schedule interview?
Does my pending time reset to zero like a new application and my application will be transferred to last row in the new office’s time schedule?
Or the system will keep our position in the queue regardless of which asylum office should handle the application and the application will be scheduled by new office base on the filed application date?

Best,

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Jason Dzubow April 25, 2017 at 11:08 pm

If you move and your case is moved to a new asylum office, you should keep your place in the queue. You can contact the old asylum office to make sure the case was moved, and the new office to make sure that your case was received and is in the queue. You can find their contact info if you follow the link at right called Asylum Office Locator. Take care, Jason

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Asylum seeker April 19, 2017 at 1:16 pm

Dear Jason,
I am very grateful for all your supports through this forum! You will be blessed forever you your service! I followed your instruction and requested for an expedited asylum interview based on my son medical condition and family separation by including a letter from his Dr, School teacher, testimonial from his father along with his medical reports. Meanwhile I got opportunity to meet Deputy State Director, and I requested the same through senator’s office. I have received the below email. I got confused! Please help me to understand! I mean, it is not clear whether they are willing to expedite my case? or going to proceed as usual?
Aslo they have mentioned that, they are waiting for the Cleveland Circuit ride? What does it mean? Will it be possible for them to schedule an interview at Cleveland Office instead of Chicago?
Thankfully
Banu

Thank you for your inquiry on behalf of your constituent, Ms.xxxx, regarding her pending I-589, Application for Asylum.

USCIS records indicate that your constituent’s asylum case is waiting interview scheduling on a future Cleveland circuit ride. At time finite resources and personnel have reduced circuit rides to a minimum. There are many applicants with pressing needs to be interviewed, and this office regards all such requests with sympathy. Ms. xxx’s case will be scheduled as soon as resources permit.

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Allen April 19, 2017 at 10:31 pm

I believe this is an approval your expedite request but they cannot schedule your interview immediately because they have many expedite requests with good reasons at the moment. So, basically your application is now on a “expedite list” which will be interviewed based on the order of this list. Hopefully it will not take long.

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Jason Dzubow April 20, 2017 at 6:19 am

This looks like a letter that the asylum office sent to your senator. If so, it is of no value. They should respond to you directly about scheduling an expedited interview, and that is what is important. Take care, Jason

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Asylum seeker April 20, 2017 at 10:19 am

Dear Janson
Thank you for your kind reply! O God, I am afraid! Do i need to contact asylum office ie. send them a letter bcz they are not giving case specific information over phone.
Thankfully
Banu

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Jason Dzubow April 20, 2017 at 2:57 pm

You can contact the asylum office to ask whether they made a decision in your expedite request. You can find their contact info if you follow the link at right called Asylum Office Locator. Take care, Jason

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Asylum seeker May 3, 2017 at 10:34 pm

Dear Jason,
Thank you so much! Two days ago i talk my child through skype. He told me that, I want to see you in person, please me mamma, come and take me with you. I will be waiting for you tomorrow morning. I convinced him to sleep, yesterday I got a call from spouse, that he didn’t sleep asking for me and throw up everything and says that he has pain on his chest. Unfortunately my son’s personal Dr. is out of country. He took him to another Dr. and he has advised that, my child is very depressed and he need good, peaceful sleep. I have already explained my son’s critical situation and requested an expedited asylum process along with Dr. report. Also send an inquiry about the status of my expedited request through Senator Sherrod Brown. As i have discussed before, the asylum office replied them that, they will able to schedule an interview as soon as the resources permits. i didn’t get any reply from my asylum office.
I was heart broken and I cried like anything in a meeting when somebody asked about my child. Then one of my friend contacted the Senator’s office, it seems, he has contacted Senator Rob Portman, they provided with him a consent form. My question is can I submit another enquiry about my application explaining my situation through this Senator? I am sorry for the long description. Many many thanks in advance for your time and kind help!
Thankfully
Banu

yonas werku April 19, 2017 at 10:58 am

Hi,
I applied for asylum in December 2014 (live in Chicago). And I am still not called for an interview. Many of my friends residing in San Francisco who came way after me are granted asylum. Though the affirmative asylum schedule indicates that they are currently interviewing February 2014 applicant, I am starting to think to apply for a job in San Francisco and reside there not only for my asylum purpose but to reside in that state permanently. What do you think about this? I really find it unfair to wait for 2 1/2 and + years while my friends who came to the US are already granted asylum in less than a year.

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Jason Dzubow April 20, 2017 at 6:17 am

You can move if you want, and maybe it will make things faster. Possibly your friends expedited their cases, or maybe their offices were just faster. There is a certain unpredictability to how each office will move through its pending cases, and so an office that is fast now, may become slow and vice versa. Personally, I think if prefer to live in Chicago, it is not worth moving to SF in the hope that it makes your interview faster, since there are no guarantees, but that is a decision you need to make for yourself. Take care, Jason

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Rae April 15, 2017 at 10:03 pm

Jason,

I just wanted to thank you sincerely for your blog and the time/effort you put into it. I considered all the points mentioned as I wrote my request to expedite my interview – evidence, reasons why I need it, and how granting my request will benefit me and change my situation. I gave as many details as possible.

I just received a letter from USCIS saying my request is granted and that it’s pending with the scheduling officer. I don’t know how long this will take but it is definitely a good sign. Again, thank you very much.

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Allen April 16, 2017 at 12:14 am

congrats man!!!I am also preparing to apply for expedite. Which office did you apply?

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Rae April 17, 2017 at 2:07 pm

Thank you! My case is with the Boston Sub-office now. Best of luck with yours as well, Allen.

And thank you Jason, I did submit all my papers.

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MAZ June 7, 2017 at 1:52 am

Hi, Rae

Did you get your interview call?

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Jason Dzubow April 16, 2017 at 8:58 am

I am glad it helped – make sure that all the evidence and your statement is submitted, if you have not already done that, and good luck with the interview. Take care, Jason

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Hasan Ali April 13, 2017 at 11:43 pm

Hi Jason,

According to the information given on that link:

https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/refugees-asylum/asylum/affirmative-asylum-scheduling-bulletin

for people who filed in January 2014 are scheduled to have their interviews in January 2017.

Considering the increased number of asylum seekers would this mean that for those who filed in January 2017 will be scheduled to have interviews in January 2020?

Thanks

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Jason Dzubow April 14, 2017 at 6:15 am

The short answer is “no”. For the long answer, please check the posting I did on June 7, 2016. Take care, Jason

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Hasan Ali April 15, 2017 at 1:46 pm

Hi Jason,

I’ve read the article posted on June 7. As far as I understand Asylum Scheduling Bulletin is a very rough prediction. Considering all other factors it will most probably be longer than the estimated time. Is it correct?

Thanks

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Jason Dzubow April 16, 2017 at 8:01 am

I think there is reason to believe it will be shorter since fewer people are now coming to the US (they do not want to come with Trump as president) and because many refugee officers have (supposedly) returned to the US and are now processing asylum cases. My ability to predict these things is notoriously bad, though, so we will just have to see what happens. Take care, Jason

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Hasan Ali April 17, 2017 at 2:13 am

Thank you so much. I appreciate your help and concern.

marija April 13, 2017 at 2:35 pm

Jason , where can I contact you for consultation ?

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Jason Dzubow April 13, 2017 at 10:13 pm
Asylee April 12, 2017 at 9:33 pm

How can I leave the country for green card when I have a Pending asylum case ? Do I need to get advance parole for that?

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Jason Dzubow April 13, 2017 at 4:33 pm

Normally, in that situation Advance Parole is the back up plan. If you leave the country to get the GC, you can return here with the GC. If you have AP, then if something goes wrong with the GC application at the consulate, you can still return to the US. But if your plan is to leave the US and get the GC under these circumstances, you should talk to a lawyer first, as not everyone is eligible to do that. Take care, Jason

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Angela April 12, 2017 at 2:54 pm

Hi everyone,
Has anyone applied to the Boston office and got an interview date? If so what was the wait time to get the interview?

Thanks!

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Hasan Ali April 14, 2017 at 12:00 am
Rae April 15, 2017 at 10:09 pm

Hi Angela,

I’m currently pending at the Boston Sub-office – they’re interviewing cases from August 2013 now. You can go to the JFK Building to talk to them, they have walk-in hours on Fridays and can answer your questions. They’re very friendly about it too.

Peace

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Angela April 17, 2017 at 11:27 am

Hi Rae,

When did you apply? Also did you go recently to the office and they told you they are interviewing cases from August 2013?

Thanks,
Akriti

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Rae April 17, 2017 at 9:47 pm

Hey Akriti,

Yes, I went there in person and they told me so. I applied in July 2014 but I was in Chicago, so I went there to make sure they had my papers transferred.

Peace

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Asylee April 11, 2017 at 11:53 am

Hi Jason,
I am an asylum seeker. I was in relation with a boy who was also an asylum seeker in USA. He got his asylum granted few days ago. What are our options now for me? Can I get married to him and get sponsor through his asylum status?

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Jason Dzubow April 12, 2017 at 3:20 pm

You can marry him, but you cannot get status from him unless you were married at the time asylum was granted. Once he has a green card, he can file for you, but this probably will require you to leave the US to collect your own green card. If you take that path, talk to a lawyer to know exactly how you should proceed. Take care, Jason

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Jason Dzubow May 4, 2017 at 9:58 am

Unfortunately, even an expedited case is not that fast (especially from the point of view of a child waiting for a parent). The asylum office has agreed to expedite, and so I think another Congressional inquiry is not helpful. Instead, maybe send the Asylum Office a short email stating that your son’s situation is critical and politely asking them if they can give you any time frame for the expected interview. You might also consider applying for Advance Parole, which would allow you to travel and meet your family in a third country, and then return to the US (use form I-131, available at http://www.uscis.gov). Good luck, Jason

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