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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:

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Suleman May 26, 2016 at 5:17 pm

I filed my asylum after expire my 6 months visa will it give any negative point to re-enter or it will be fine?
And yeah not waited about a year just file with in 8 months any suggestion?
Thanks very much.


Suleman May 26, 2016 at 2:19 pm

Hi Jason,
I have two things to ask.

(1) travelling on advance parole to other country not that asylum claiming country, is that risky to re-enter In United States I’m planing to travel just want to know the opinion how safe it is.
(2) if i make move one state to another and don’t want to transfer the case is there any way to do like that the Lord reason i want to do this thing is where I’m planing to go is much slower then my current state what can i do on that situation.


Thomas May 26, 2016 at 4:40 pm

1- If you already have advance parole, there is nothing to worry about if you’re not going back to the country you’re applying asylum from.
2- Its illegal for you not to report a change of address if you have permanently moved. If the move is just temporary, and you’re going to maintain your old address, then you’re fine. Moving and not informing USCIS for your convenience could lead to serious consequences.


Dima May 25, 2016 at 8:39 am

Hey Jason,

I am on a pending asylum case. For my EAD, I received an evidence request and mailed back what was asked for. What I would like to know is that what would I be receiving after it? And do they usually halt the processing of the case for a long time?
Thank you.


Thomas May 25, 2016 at 9:49 am

Till you send the required documents they asked for. The longer you take to send them in, the longer it’ll take for them to get back on your case.


Jason Dzubow May 26, 2016 at 6:23 am

At least in my experience, the request for evidence does not greatly delay the EAD application, especially if you respond quickly. Hopefully, you will get the card soon. Take care, Jason


Hom May 23, 2016 at 3:35 am

Hi Jason,

My wife has applied for assylum a year ago, we havent had an interview yet. We are from different countries.

I am thinking of visiting my country, not the country my wife is seeking assylum from, can you please explain how it works.

1. How long does it take to get travel documents if we apply?
2. And will it be possible to come back afterwards?

Thank you for your time.


Jason Dzubow May 23, 2016 at 6:35 am

Unless there is some other problem with your case (and I do not know), you should be able to leave and return to your country. However, I do not know all the facts of your case, and leaving the US is always a risk with an asylum case pending. I recommend you talk to a lawyer about the specifics of your case in order to be safe. Typically, we are seeing people get the Advance Parole document in 3 to 5 months, but some cases have taken longer. Take care, Jason


Assyle May 19, 2016 at 9:17 pm

USCIS has just sent me second fingerprint it positive sign?..I m waiting for last two years after response sinc then.


Nancy Summer May 20, 2016 at 12:29 pm

Hey Assyle which asylum office did you apply at.


assyle May 20, 2016 at 3:14 pm

İ applied at San Francisco


assyle May 20, 2016 at 3:19 pm

In June 2014..


Nancy Summer May 21, 2016 at 2:14 pm

Im guessing its a good sign. Seeing from the asylum scheduling bulletin San Fransisco was interviewing March 2014 cases in March. So by now I guess they are now doing June 2014 cases.

Jason Dzubow May 20, 2016 at 2:15 pm

Maybe – Sometimes when a client gets a fingerprint notice, they get an interview soon after, but other times, nothing happens. You should check the Asylum Office Scheduling Bulletin to see whether your interview is coming soon – there is a link at the right. Take care, Jason


Ian May 24, 2016 at 5:05 pm

You had your interview 2 years ago and you are still waiting for a decision?

Good God, what is going on in USCIS, why are they processing cases so slowly?

It seems it will take 5+ years just to hear something from them.

I have not had my interview yet, it seems it will take ages.


Jason Dzubow May 25, 2016 at 6:19 am

Things are quite bad right now – we have many clients waiting for more than a year since their interview. For what it’s worth, most of them are from majority Muslim countries, which seem to have longer security check delays than non-Muslim countries. Good luck, Jason


Suleman May 19, 2016 at 9:14 pm

Hi Jason,
Hope you doing very well,
I just have something to know i saw the military recruitment program they call it MAVNI and yeah they just offered a chance to foreigners to serve in a USA Army they mentioned these categories,
Non-immigrant categories E, F, H, I, J, K, L, M, O, P, Q, R, S, T, TC, TD, TN, U or V
Asylee, refugee, Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
So i just want to know m i eligible for apply while I’m waiting for my asylum interview i filed my case in 2015 more than a year now.
One more thing is there any status or category while we wait for our asylee interview somebody asked me whats your currently status so i have know idea what is my category right now.


Jason Dzubow May 20, 2016 at 2:14 pm

Your current status (while your case is pending) is asylum pending. It is not really an official status, but you are allowed to remain here with a work permit. I do not know whether you can enter the US military while your case is pending. You would have to talk to a recruiter. Take care, Jason


AlexH May 20, 2016 at 4:45 pm

Jason is right, pending asylum has no status. You can not join military, I am in the same situation, I tried couple times,and actually went to couple different recruiter offices, they gave me different answers, so I was really confused, then finally, I got their phone call, they said I am not qualified, because I have no status, and they offer me a chance to come to their office once I obtain my asylee status. Who know, if Donald Trump really become president, I think MAVNI probably could be canceled. I don’t know, asylum interview seems to me like a forever waiting list.


Suleman May 21, 2016 at 11:55 am

Thanks Alex may be wait untill interview


Suleman May 21, 2016 at 11:56 am

Thank you Jason.


Jason Dzubow May 22, 2016 at 10:15 am

Thank you. It does seem like it is taking forever. Hopefully, the changes USCIS is making will eventually help the situation improve. Hopefully. Take care, Jason


Suleman May 21, 2016 at 11:55 am

Thanks Jason


Arun May 18, 2016 at 7:38 pm

I am on EAD pending asylum case, I applied for MPH at got admission, today they sent me documents for I-20, I call them that I have valid EAD so I don’t need I-20 and can’t change my status, she ask me the what USA law allow me to study on EAD. I need your suggestion as you have written constitution for USA asylum, what is the USA law to study on pending asylum case?


Thomas May 18, 2016 at 8:20 pm

Each school has its own rules. Some would be satisfied by just looking at your EAD, some would be satisfied by just looking at your asylum application receipt. You should contact that specific school you want to attend and ask them what will satisfy them.


Jason Dzubow May 18, 2016 at 9:37 pm

I have never found any regulation or guidance from USCIS that says a person with an EAD is allowed to study in the US. However, I have never had a client with an EAD who was not allowed to study. You should not need the I-20; you should be eligible to enroll with the EAD, but you may need to convince the school of your eligibility. Unfortunately, I have no guidance to point you too, but if they communicate with other schools, they will see that it is common for people with EADs to matriculate. Good luck, Jason


daav May 17, 2016 at 8:34 pm

I recently appointed lawyer for my asylum case, how do i know that, lawyer is genuine and has any experience because i found him online and also I paid him as per his instruction through his online invoice portal,

how do i check he and his law firm is recognized,


Jason Dzubow May 17, 2016 at 10:31 pm

You can go to the state bar association where he is licensed (normally called a “Bar Association”) and check whether he is licensed and in good standing. EOIR (the Immigration Court) also maintains a list of lawyers who are not allowed to practice in Immigration Court – you can check that list too (I think if you follow the link at right called Immigration Court, you can find that list). Take care, Jason


Chao May 17, 2016 at 5:20 pm

Hi, Jason
Since I can’t read the previous comments, I just post my question here again.
I was interviewed on May 10th in Seattle. I feel like the interview went pretty good. The sweet smiling lady created no difficulties for me, only asked once of all the basic questions. She said that my affidavit is very clear and logical, and my life story is very credible ( maybe she said ‘ so incredible’, I didn’t hear clearly; but either one is good word, isn’t it?), At the end of interview, when I asked about “intend to deny”, she told me to “stay optimistic”. So, I reckon I should be fine, right?
I use my Z-number to check my status on USCIS website everyday, still says “does not recognize the receipt number”. I know that if my case is granted, the USCIS web should be able to recognize my receipt number, and the case status should be “card production” or similar.
How long people usually get their results after interview? What’s the fastest you’ve ever met, Jason?
Thanks a lot!


Jason Dzubow May 17, 2016 at 10:26 pm

There are often long delays after the interview, but this is unpredictable and varies from case to case. Certainly, some people get a decision in two weeks (or even less), but at least with my clients, that is not the norm. I do not know that you well get any info about your asylum case on-line. You will receive a decision by mail. Good luck, Jason


Tommy May 17, 2016 at 10:15 am

Hi Jason on this moment i would like to express my appreciation for what you do .
Jason i applied for 2nd time address change for the same address but i do not got confirmation from usics office, i am skeptical may it is lost or some thing which is not definitely express, also to fill on line my receipt number is started in ZAR and the computer filed does not recognize it , please i need your valuable advice in this issue.
Thank you


Jason Dzubow May 17, 2016 at 4:15 pm

You should file the AR-11 directly with the local asylum office. You cannot check asylum cases on-line, so the ZAR number will not work. Take care, Jason


Tommy May 17, 2016 at 10:01 pm

Thank you for your expedite responses, Jason as i express it on my request i wrote and mail both time with form R 11 to local office but they didn’t respond,have you any other recommendation options
Thank you


Jason Dzubow May 17, 2016 at 10:32 pm

They normally do not respond when you send them a change of address. You can email them or go in person to check whether they received it, but that is about all you can do. Take care, Jason


Edouard May 17, 2016 at 4:25 am

Sorry Thomas and Jason for error on dates,
My wife entered the US in Nov 10, 2013
USCIS received the application in October 13, 2014
Fingerprinted in November 06, 2014 up to now no other notice.
The application was received less than one year. That why I raised the case of people applied after her and got interviewed. If in December 2014 USCIS change the rule by appliying LIFO (last in first out) she could also be interviewed! Really I’m very concerned.


Thomas May 17, 2016 at 4:35 am

No need to be concerned. Like Jason said, the majority (not all cases) had their applications studied on a last in first out basis. Some (a limited amount) went into the backlog. I’m guessing your wife is one of those cases. There is no specific reason to why this happened. It just randomly did.


Jason Dzubow May 17, 2016 at 6:29 am

Her application was received under the old system, but it is not surprising that she has not been interviewed. If you want to double check, contact the local asylum office and ask them – contact info can be found if you follow the link at right called Asylum Office Locator. Take care, Jason


Edouard May 16, 2016 at 6:29 pm

Thank dear Thomas for your answer,

My wife entered the US in 2013 but applied for asylum in October 2014 less than one year after entering the US and got fingerprint in January 2015. But since that time we have no idea about her case. That why I raised the case of people applied after her and got interwed.
Thanks again, I appreciate your job.


Thomas May 16, 2016 at 8:50 pm

The fact that she got finger printed two months after applying raises alot of flags for me. Something is wrong. Also, if her asulym application was received more than a year from the date she entered the US, then there is a great chance her application is going to be rejected, unless she can explain the delay (judging from your info, sounds like its technical issues which delayed the case, which is an insufficient reason). I don’t know anything about your case, but I guess her applying/priority date is in Jan 2015. Good luck.


Edouard May 16, 2016 at 10:13 am

Good day dear Jason,

First of all I appreciate your valuable assistance and support however I have a question.
The calendar on the side and the priority set by USCIS look like is working for only some categories of case. Why I’m saying that is, We have seen people filled application in Arlington and Chicago in 2014 and have been interviewed already. As per USCIS priority in fact these people never reschedule their case and are not children. Only what we know is there are singles. Look like USCIS is prioritising single application case than the case containing family. Do you know why apparently family case is getting much delay? I cannot see my family since 2013! My kids keep asking me why I’m taking much time to visit them, so sad for me and I don’t have answer for this.


Thomas May 16, 2016 at 12:20 pm

Apparently you haven’t been keeping up. During the year 2014, the government was studying cases on a last in-first out basis (which means if people applied in 2014, their cases were studied on the spot, and people who applied before just had to wait more). That’s why you see people who applied in 2014 with asylum decisions. In the beginning of 2015, the law changed, and so they started studying cases on a fisrt in-first out basis. Old cases are today’s priority and people who apply today have to wait for all pending cases to be studied. It has nothing to do if you’re single or not. Your case is just like any other case (unless you’re a minor). Your case is very soon though because you filled in 2013. Hold on just a little longer.


Thomas May 16, 2016 at 12:22 pm

By the way Jason, do you think the asylum bulletin will skip the year 2014 since those cases were already decided on? Do you think it’ll probably jump to 2015 once they’re done with 2013?


Jason Dzubow May 16, 2016 at 9:20 pm

I do not know – in Arlington, VA (the office that I am most familiar with), the majority of our cases from 2014 have been interviewed, but not all of them. So USCIS will have to get through the remaining cases. I am not sure what is going on in the other asylum offices for 2014 cases, but it’s a good question. Take care, Jason


Jason Dzubow May 16, 2016 at 9:16 pm

The USCIS policy changed in December 2014. Before that time, some cases were interviewed, while others went into the backlog. The cases listed on the Scheduling Bulletin are the backlog cases – Starting in late December 2014, USCIS has been interviewing the oldest cases first. For this reason, some people who filed in 2013 and 2014 have already been interviewed. Take care, Jason


Nancy Summer May 17, 2016 at 2:18 pm

Jason when will the asylum bulletin be updated for the month of April. Are there any major changes in the interviews being done for the Newark office.


Jason Dzubow May 17, 2016 at 4:17 pm

I don’t know and I don’t know. Hopefully, there will be some movement, as things are awfully slow, at least at the Virginia office. Take care, Jason


dev May 16, 2016 at 1:06 am

Hi Jason

first of all appreciate your valuable blog services,

I have question, if I file my asylum case, then my wife and 6 year kid can able to apply for B2 visa, how much chance of getting visa???,

kindly guide,


Jason Dzubow May 16, 2016 at 5:42 am

It may be more difficult for them to get a visa once you apply for asylum. I wrote a blog post about this, which may be helpful, called “Family Members of Asylum Seekers: Beware!” Maybe that would help. Take care, Jason


dev May 16, 2016 at 4:24 pm

Thanks Jason for your valuable feed back,

I have question, as informed by my lawyer , once I file asylum and get EAD after 4 months , on basis of that my family can apply for B2, they Lyn to me, so embassy will grant visa to them, is it possible?? how much chance to get B2 visa,
Kindly guide,
Once again thanks you so much,


Jason Dzubow May 16, 2016 at 9:21 pm

I am not sure I understand the question, but in general, if you apply for asylum, it will be more difficult for your spouse to get a B visa to come to the US. Also, you cannot apply for the EAD until your asylum case has been pending for 5 months. Take care, Jason


Dev May 17, 2016 at 2:38 am

Thank you very much for your valuable feedback , that mean after 150 days ,right ,more over I am in status up to 06/20/2016, my doc will reach to asylum sfo office with in this week thru my lawyer, can asylum sfo office will schedule my interview before my status expiry i.e. 06/20/2016 to make early decision ,or should I wait and file within 1 week before my status expiry is good?? as I am near by applicant , kindly guide , warm regards, Dev

JavG May 14, 2016 at 8:10 pm

I´ve got 2 question : 1. Can I hire a lawyer from different area where i live. ? 2.- I summit my application for asylum without including my wife and children, They already have american Visa and living abroad. Can they travel to USA any time for good ant be added to my asylum application _ Thanks a lot. You are a wonderful bloggers and lawyer. tell me if I can hire you. * I am living in Texas


Jason Dzubow May 15, 2016 at 7:03 am

You can hire a lawyer from anywhere, but it is more convenient and cheaper to hire a local lawyer. Your family can come here if they have a visa and then you can add them to your case (which should be easy, but the bureaucracy sometimes makes it difficult). As for me, you can email me at [email protected]. I can do a case in TX, but again, it is often easier to have a local lawyer. Take care, Jason


Chao May 14, 2016 at 8:02 pm

Hi, Jason
I have a question, how to read the PREVIOUS COMMENTS?
It says 162 comments… read them below or add one
but there is none below, only ask me to Leave a Comment.


Jason Dzubow May 15, 2016 at 7:01 am

Yen – I just noticed that too on another webpage. I think you can click on previous comments, but maybe not. I will see whether I can fix it. Thank you, Jason


Ian May 14, 2016 at 1:50 pm

Hi Mr Dzubow,

I am trying to change my main address of my case online but having a problem.

The website is asking for a receipt number which on my receipt starts with ZCH, but the website has following extensions only:

-LIN (I have this number on my EAD)

If I put LIN number from my EAD, will it be correct?

Another issue is, we have filed 1 case for me and my wife.

Shall we need to fill up 2 applications for each of us in order to change the address because each one of us has different LIN numbers?


Jason Dzubow May 15, 2016 at 6:56 am

If you are the applicant and your wife is a dependent, you should need to file only one change of address. If you each have your own separate case, then you each need to file your own address change. I recommend you submit the change of address directly to the local asylum office. You can find their contact info if you follow the link at right called Asylum Office Locator. Take care, Jason


Ian May 16, 2016 at 11:27 pm

You mean best way of doing it is by writing a letter to the local office?

Thanks a lot for your advice!


Jason Dzubow May 17, 2016 at 6:26 am

We submit the form AR-11 (available at to the local office.


Jason Dzubow May 17, 2016 at 6:27 am

Sorry – I do not understand your question, Jason


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