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download-225x300Jason Dzubow is an immigration attorney who specializes in political asylum, immigration court, and appeals.  He is a partner at Dzubow & Pilcher, PLLC, and his full profile can be found here.

Contact Jason Dzubow about an Asylum or Immigration case: 

(202) 328-1353 

{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

Sara November 30, 2014 at 11:51 pm

Hi Jason

I filed asylum in June 2012 in VA asylum office and they didn’t call me for interview. Did you hear something about they will call on January 2015 ? I am so stressed out about my life.


Jason Dzubow December 1, 2014 at 10:03 pm

I have not heard that, but if you filed in June 2012, that is before the backlog (I think). Maybe you should contact the asylum office to make sure that nothing is wrong.


Getch November 27, 2014 at 12:08 am

Hi Jason , I appreciate your site for the your knowledge on immigration and specific information you post. I have been interviewed for asylum before two weeks and was waiting to receive my decision in person for today, but before four days someone called my lawyer office from USCIS and informed not to be there in person and will be mailed to me. Can you please give me the possible reasons and the wait time in your opinion. FYI I am from Ethiopia and the interview was so nice for me that it was of no question regarding credibility as well as no inconsistency as witnessed by my lawyer.


Jason Dzubow November 27, 2014 at 4:47 pm

I have no idea why this happened, but it is very common and does not portend anything bad. It could be related to an incomplete security background check, but that is just a guess. Hopefully, it will not take too long.


Ting Mee November 14, 2014 at 3:12 pm

Dear Mr.Dzubow,

Since May 22 Royal Thai army state a Coup that throw out elected government, they put Martial law in place ever since. Hundreds of people has summoned, detained, torture, and prior to release forced to sign a “release agreement” said they will never resist the Junta government and travel out side of the country is prohibited.

In the mean time I found a Facebook page called “Reading as Resistance”, which schedule an reading activities to protest the Coup and to state that we don’t want Junta government. The activities take place in public area such as shopping mall, coffee shop, sky train, etc. On Sunday June 1st, I went out and read Gorge Orwell 1984 at a shopping mall. On Sunday June 8th, I did it again in a Mc.Donald coffee shop Ratchprasong intersection, on this day a lot of plain cloth police, uniform police, military officer are in place, taking photo of every person in the coffee shop.

On Sunday June 22nd, I heard that a man who read Gorge Orwell 1984 in front of a shopping mall, alone, was arrested ( Video has been posted on youtube here ). I leave Thailand 3 days after, on June 25th, now I’m in Connecticut with my brother (he is on H1B status). At first I thought every thing will getting better soon, but it does not seem to be, more and more human right violation cases ( you may follow all these link , , , and much more)

On October 19th, a man was arrested when he went back from attending a funeral just because the police have a picture of him attending a protest on May 28th, ( link here ).

AS my B2-visiting status will be expire in December, and I don’t want to go back to Thailand as long as the Junta is still in power. I’m thinking of filing an asylum case, but I’m not so sure if my case is strong enough. My other option is applying for a university and have my status changed to F1-student VISA. Which path should I go? What is your opinion?



Jason Dzubow November 17, 2014 at 10:32 am

I really do not know what is the best path for you. Based on what you sent me, it sounds like you might have a decent asylum case. You are required to file for asylum within one year of your arrival in the US. There are some exceptions to that rule, but it is safer to file within a year. If you can afford to change to F-1, that would certainly give you more time in the US, and if things improve, you might be able to return safely. Potentially, you can change to F-1 and file for asylum, but this could create problems and if you choose this path, you should speak to a lawyer beforehand. Take care, Jason


hossein November 5, 2014 at 8:31 pm

Hi Jason
recently I heard something from VA asylum office ,that sounds was like they want to start hearing backlog cases after January 2015.
did you hear something about this or not? or is there any new news about VA office?

thank you


Jason Dzubow November 6, 2014 at 12:21 am

I did not hear that, but we have had a few backlog cases called for interviews in the last month or so. They do not seem to be called in any particular order, but at least it is a sign that these cases are still alive. If I hear something about that, I will post it.


Elena October 31, 2014 at 8:38 pm

Hi, Jason! My name is Olga and I am from Belarus. I applied for political asylum in June 2012. When I filed all documents I received the notice that my documents were accepted. After 1,5 months of waiting after filing I went to the office and it found out that my interview was supposed to be 2 weeks ago. But I didn`t receive anything – neither notice about fingerprints or the notice about interview.They told me that my interview will be rescheduled, but I am waiting for recheduling 1,5 year. Can you tell me if I hire attorney will it help ? I heard that attorney can connect directly with the Office. Thank you!


Jason Dzubow November 2, 2014 at 5:38 pm

A good attorney is helpful for an asylum case (though a bad attorney can be very harmful – so choose carefully). It is very difficult for anyone – including an attorney to make a case go faster, but attorneys do have access to some resources that might help (like a liaison to the asylum office). I would talk to any prospective attorney to see what they would do to help. If you can’t afford a lawyer, you can communicate directly with the asylum office and ask the status of your case. If your case is in the backlog, even an attorney will have a hard time getting things moving. Good luck, Jason


Kakha Kalandadze September 22, 2014 at 3:16 am

Dear Sir/Madam

I have a question about fee for asylum case. I mean what is the Service price of your attorney to proceed an asylum application? Preparing Application, preparing for interview, attending on interviews and etc.

and another question about will it be a problem if I will not declare in airport POE that I’m entering US as a asylum seeker, I mean if I tell in POE that I’m a tourist but then I will apply for asylum with your help?

Thanks in advance and waiting for you response

Best regards,

Kakha Kalandadze
Tbilisi, Georgia.

P.S. Do you have office in other US cities or only in DC ?


Florent Sezerano September 21, 2014 at 5:22 am

hello, my really name is not lijian!
i really don’t know how to start but i seriously need a help!
actually i study in china, i went to study abroad cause in my country homosexuality is illegal and my parents if they find out that im
gay i will be dead person and i feel now i’m really tired of that
cause also here in china to be gay is not an easy thing! Last 2 months I came out to my parents and they directly tell me to come back home because that I’m seek and it can be cured just need a special doctor, and reminding me that it’s immoral and illegal back to country, hearing that my parents saying I’m seek that I have to be hospitalized in a special hospital I told them that I can’t go back home in such circumstances, and they directly cut off my funds of school here in now I have nowhere to go.
what i’m asking is help now if you can please help that will be
saving my life.
any association or NGO I can go too or turn turn to please

Florent Sezerano


Dalia September 3, 2014 at 9:18 am

Hi Jason,
My case is a bit complicated and would like you to help me with my questions. I am Egyptian who have been living in Australia for the past 11 years and has obtained the Australian citizenship. Can I apply for an Asylum in the states? I am in fear about my kids life from my inlaws and I can’t tell authorities in Australia about it or else I will lose my husband. I have all the proves about my case but my question is would the US help me??


Jason Dzubow September 4, 2014 at 10:00 am

It will certainly be difficult to apply for asylum here if you have Australian citizenship. You will need to prove that either (1) the Australian government wants to harm you; or (2) that the Australian government will not protect you from other people who will harm you. Maybe you could also make a case that you are not “firmly resettled” in Australia – meaning that you cannot live there – because of the problems you have there. That will also be very difficult since you are a citizen of Australia. Also, by the way, you will need to show that you cannot return safely to Egypt. I wish you good luck.


sekar August 16, 2014 at 9:10 am

Dear Sir,
If my asylum application failed at USA immigration,Can I move Canada
by land border to apply my asylum with Canadian immigration ?


Jason Dzubow August 16, 2014 at 9:57 pm

You should talk to a Canadian attorney BEFORE you try to go to Canada. There is an agreement between Canada and the U.S. about denied asylum seekers and so you may be blocked from seeking asylum there. A Canadian lawyer can advise you about this.


LE THI VAN June 7, 2014 at 12:08 am

Dear Sir

According to the testimony of my foster mother (Mrs. Le Thi Bich – my natural aunt), in 1967 my natural mother, Mrs. Le Thi Nam, worked in room service at the U.S. military base at Phuoc Ly village, Da Nang. My mother knew and loved my father, named Michael (Called Mai Co in Vietnamese). At that time, my father was an officer in a brigade of U.S. Marines. My father’s unit provided supply and transportation for the military base at Phuoc Ly hamlet, Hoa Vang District, Da Nang City. When my mother was three months pregnant, she lost contact with my father. After I was born, my mother also went missing during the chaos of war.
Please help me to find my father.
I sincerely thank you and best wishes
Best regards



anthony May 15, 2014 at 8:44 pm


I am a survivor of torture at the hands of the CIA on American soil. Presently in Guatemala seeking a friendly caribbean or South American country to go to for asylum. My story is documented on and other site around the Planet. I have been without a home for nine years now, I am truly a stateless man and I just want a place to stop, breath and live.


Demir, Huseyin April 18, 2014 at 8:14 pm

Dear Jason, First of all i want to congratulate what you are doing here. Second of all, If you have any case consider about Turkish citizens or other nations who lives around Turkey, i would like to offer my help if you need it. I have my law firm in Istanbul and mostly i work for immigration cases.
My best regard,


Jason Dzubow April 20, 2014 at 4:00 pm

That is great – we may have need for your help in a case; I will let you know if we do. Thank you, Jason


Jason Dzubow November 6, 2013 at 9:55 am

The situation is very delayed (I wrote about it in “The end of Asylum as We Know It). The asylum offices have hired many new people. My understanding is that once they they start working (soon), they will be process new cases and then get to the old cases (like yours) when they have time. Most people – including me – are very unhappy with this arrangement. In some offices (like here in DC), there is a way to request an earlier date. Perhaps your lawyer could try that (but it is extra work for the lawyer, so s/he might charge something for doing it).


A.Hassan October 31, 2013 at 11:28 am

hi, i am somali citizen and i applied political asylum in united states , i was detained and put in removal proceedings. After seven months i was granted with withholding of removal, the reason was i lived in south africa for seven years and had a refugee permit. i left South Africa due to continual attaks onme and other somalis by South African. now i am a father of 1 a child my wife, who is also part of my claim based on my past and future prosecution lives in kenya. since withholding of removal neither gurantee me to becoming permanant residant nor sponsaring my family, i am on the brink of losing my family? my question is , since i was denied asylum becouse of south africa ,is the there any chance for me to re open my case and win ? or is there any chance for me to get a temporary traval document to visit my child and my wife?


Carmen Kcomt October 27, 2013 at 1:37 am

I think your blog is amazing . I would like to know your opinion about immigration judges applying discretional authority in asylum cases. Example : an applicant who does not fit exactly in the definition, he or she was nor persecuted based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or for being a member of a particular social group. She was a Judge who was persecuted for her judicial decisions and her asylum was granted in Ninth circuit after a horrible, painful process.
Thanks so much in advance .


Jason Dzubow October 27, 2013 at 9:26 pm

Thank you. I am not familiar with the case, but remember that persecution based on political opinion is the opinion that the persecutor believes you hold. So if the judge was persecuted because someone did not like her ruling, that may be imputed political opinion. Otherwise, the only thing I can really say is that asylum (like most law) is rough justice. Sometimes cases that don’t quit fit into the definition are granted; other times, cases that seem like they should be granted are denied. For the most part, I would say that our system is very good, but there are always exceptional cases…


mahmoud October 2, 2013 at 2:46 pm

Hi , my name is Mahmoud. I am trying to apply for asylum as a Kurd from Syria and I think I may have a pretty good chance to win as I do belong to a special ethnic minor group. I have a dual citizenship from Turkey as well, but my name first and last names are spelled differently in Turkish. I want to know if I will have a chance of wining Asylum , and if it would be possible to give up my Turkish citizenship before applying so that I could only apply as a Kurds from Syria ?


Jason Dzubow October 4, 2013 at 4:42 pm

I think we already emailed about this, but if you need to contact me, you can email me at or call 202-328-1353. Take Care, Jason


Dale Wilkerson April 8, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Dear Mr. Dzubow

I am so glad to have come across your blog. have found it very informative and sent a email to your email. well be keep in touch with your blog. and hope you are able to help with the info I have asked about. I am very concerned about my friend and his welfare.
Thank you


emad December 7, 2011 at 10:35 pm

Hi Mr. Dzubow
we left you an e-mail
please can you review it
thank you


Abolfazl Bahadori September 9, 2011 at 11:23 pm

I am a legal immigrant with a withholding from removal type of asylum in the U.S. I’ve worked and lived in Virginia for the past 18 years always with a work permit and employment authorization. I’ve never been unemployed and still have a great job. I have two properties in this state too. So I’ve paid and I am still paying income tax, property taxes, car tax, and most importantly consider this my home. As of last year however, Virginia does not consider me a legal here even though the Federal government and USCIS does. It is not matter of just driving in Virginia, I can’t even get a walking ID, i.e. I don’t exist here but still have to pay tax. I am looking for other legal immigrants with my status to get together and file a class act law suit against this racist new law established in this state since 2010. Please let me know if you can help or join this cause.


mustafa July 25, 2011 at 5:14 pm

I have read your e-mail and I can not access to U.S. forces now in order to talk to them and I risk my family has been threatened with by unknown persons for death, how do I get to resort
And I have relatives in the United States
I want to salvation and get out of Iraq because they tried to kill me with my son when we were outside the home and the day of the incident I can not get out of my house and I can not live where lost my salary and I can not support my family please give me solution or with those who speak or to any place go and Can I apply through a website on the use of U.S. Can, as well as my relatives who are in the United States now work for the treatment of asylum for me and my family


mustafa July 25, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Good afternoon, I am an Iraqi citizen I was working with U.S. forces in Iraq,an agent,my police rank high and my work was led by the U.S. military and was also provided me with a certificate of appreciation and thanks by the forces through an official letter certified by the U.S. forces operating in Iraq, praising my own efforts and how to help me and the secretariats of the work and the privilege of working to work with them and a certificate of appreciation signed by the ordered military police in Iraq, Colonel Rod Abraham, how do I get to the resort an international and what to do please help we risk I and my family have been threatened with by unknown persons to kill so I hope assistance as soon as
And what to do to get the international refugee to the United States because I work with them or any other country helped me .we
Have been threatened because I was working with U.S. forces and military rank was high


Tatiana Kornienko June 15, 2011 at 5:44 am

Where can send request disabled on carriage, very talwent about Person Granted Political ASYLUM in Casnada?
What need for send? What dokument?

Tatiana Kornienko
ul.Pienkowskiego 5/34
02-668 Warszawa


Eva Malhotra May 3, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Jason, our organization (Pan-Pacific and Southeast Asian Women’s Association – part of the UN) is doing a radio/TV program on the femicide in Mexico and the activists/journalists who cover the issue and are forced to seek asylum in the US only to find that a mere 2% get it granted. We are doing this in support of these exiles. Do you think you could contribute something to this program. It will air through KPFK (part of the Pacifica Radio network) in L.A.


Alice Elizabeth Guyton February 27, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Dear Jason Dzubow,

I’m writing with a request for advice on receiving information regarding political asylum in Mexico after fleeing the United States. Yes, a reverse from what you normally experience.

[portion removed – ed]. Over the last four years, I have been brutalized by police in Brevard County, New Orleans, San Diego County, and possibly Boulder County, CO, following a pattern of Racketeering with the resulting Obstruction of Justice.

While this was occurring, I made documentaries on the oil spill crisis in Louisiana (see “Oil Spill Crisis: Day 76″ on Youtube) that are critical of Homeland Security’s lack of response and their ties to Halliburton. Since then, I have experienced extreme cyberhacking, mail fraud, a stolen passport, and disruption of telephone service, and malicious damage to my car amongst a long list of other crimes.

I asked the FBI for help, but they refused. I asked the ACLU to represent me, but they have too many cases. I have tried private legal help, but with no luck

I have just been diagnosed with MS, and am fleeing from criminal attempts initiated in Brevard County to destroy my life and my ability to provide credible witnessing to these other escalating crimes.

Can you tell me about the process, or provide a contact in the appropriate department in the Mexican government?

All help will be appreciated,
A. Elizabeth Guyton


Jason Dzubow August 13, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Hi Paul – I’d be happy to receive articles from you, and those topics are of interest. Please feel free to email me at and we can discuss. Thank you for your interest, Jason


Paul Zoltan August 13, 2010 at 2:39 pm

I’d be interested in contributing occasionally, Jason – especially on the topics of (1) authentication under 8 CFR §§ 287.6 and 1287.6 and (2) the EAD “clock.” How (if at all) might I submit an entry?


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