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Jamesetta Sirleaf September 16, 2017 at 7:39 pm

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Jamesetta Sirleaf September 16, 2017 at 7:37 pm

Thanks a million Jason. This is my first time reading any of your articles and this one, Sept 11, 2017 one, just spoke to my case. I was referred to your article by my attorney.

I am an asylum seeker and have a pending case. I filed in August 2016 and presently have my EAD, SSN, Driver’s license and I’m working while I await my interview date.
Now, I have a pressing need to travel to Ghana to see my other dependants I left back home in Liberia that have been brought to Ghana for safety from the reason why I left home, Female Genital Cutting.

After reading your article, I’m so confused and afraid and don’t know what to do now. I’m planning to go see them after two years in December this year in Ghana but fear what it might caused me upon my return. My question now is, do you think in my case since I’m not going to my home country, will my travel still be risky?


Hello September 16, 2017 at 8:45 pm

First off, don’t give away your full name with personal information on random blogs.

If you leave while that application is pending, immigration laws allow the USCIS to presume that you have abandoned your asylum application.

So no, do not travel while the case is pending or when under removal proceedings.


Jason Dzubow September 18, 2017 at 6:46 am

AS long as you have Advance Parole and do not go to your home country, you should be fine. We have not seen anyone with AP be rejected at the airport or have other problems. It is theoretically possible to have trouble upon arrival, but I have not heard about that and I do not think it is a major worry. Take care, Jason


A September 16, 2017 at 5:01 pm

Is my homeland country aware or will be aware of my asylum application?


Jason Dzubow September 18, 2017 at 6:41 am

The US government keeps this info confidential and will not tell your home country. Take care, Jason


Asylee September 16, 2017 at 3:37 pm

Dear Jason,

I got an approval on my expedite letter. I got the letter on August 24. So in your opinion approximately when will I get my interview date?


Jason Dzubow September 18, 2017 at 6:40 am

In Virginia, the interview follows such a letter in a few weeks or a few months maximum. Make sure all your evidence is submitted, so you are ready when they call you for the interview. Take care, Jason


Mike Diner September 16, 2017 at 2:04 pm

Hi Jason;
I got EAD this week, my case is on MD, but I’m working in texas. will it effect my case? and Where do i have to file tax, in MD or TX? Pls give me your expertise suggestion. thx.


Jason Dzubow September 18, 2017 at 6:39 am

You have to inform the asylum office about where you live. If you are in TX temporarily and you maintain a permanent address in MD, than you should be fine. But if you have no connect to MD, you should not be using that as your address with USCIS, and this could create problems for you at the interview (if they think you are lying about your address, they might think you are lying about your case). As for taxes, I cannot advise you about that. But if you file in TX, it is more evidence that TX is your permanent address. Take care, Jason


Wainwoo September 15, 2017 at 10:02 pm

Hi Jason.
I applied for asylum and included my husband as a beneficiary.He was in my home country when i submitted my application.He is now in the US to do i go about notifying USCIS that he is now in the country and what is the process.Can he get a work permit?and after how long.



Jason Dzubow September 18, 2017 at 6:25 am

If he is here, you can add him to your case and he can get a work permit on the same schedule as you. Contact the asylum office and they should be able to give you the procedure to add him to your case. You can find their contact info if you follow the link at right called Asylum Office Locator. Take care, Jason


Raaz September 15, 2017 at 7:08 am


I am so confused hearing from different things from here and there.And I need expert advise from you.Please guide me according. I have to apply asylum as i have fear to return to my home town because of Sect “Shia Community”. I have been living in third country past many years and had lost my job because of the sect Shia. I after many year i returned to my home town and some incident happened and i left country and thats the reason i left my home town and
i didnot get any chance to make the complain or police report.I dont have evidence to proofe my case but i have huge risk. Thats the reason i have fear to back on my country. On State Gov USA report also mention the condition of my country and human rights report also said about
the bad sitvation of our sect in the country.This is the little story about me. Now I have to ask these question and that is my confusion.
– Without having police report or written evidence do i have to apply asylum or
what are the chances to grant the case.
– Expert witness report is mandotory? or i can submit late when its need?
– Its good to apply the case from california as the sucess rate is high
or i can apply from any state?
– Can i apply from CA and after geting workpermit can work anywhere and
the case will process from CA
-for applying asylum u should have 2 3 reason to apply or one is fine.A
As people said you should have 2 3 reason to grant the case.
-After applying asylum can i register my child to school as on visit u canot sent your child to school. Its breaking the law.

I Will be waiting for you help and support and your reply

Thanks in advance sir.



Jason Dzubow September 15, 2017 at 4:38 pm

I think you need to talk to a lawyer about the case. I cannot give you so much advice here, as I am not familiar with your situation. In general, the more evidence you have, the better, but people can certainly win cases without police reports or expert witnesses. You have to apply for asylum based on where you live; you cannot live one place and file in a different place. You only need one reason to win – if you qualify, you can win asylum. If your child is in the US and the age for school, he/she can attend, even if you have not yet filed for asylum. Whether you can change status after you apply is complicated, and it is also a question you can talk to a lawyer about. Take care, Jason


Medi September 15, 2017 at 2:17 am

Hi Jason,

I am a student coming to the U.S. with F-1 visa. I graduated last may and submitted my application for work authorization 10 days before my graduation date. It took over 100 days for USCIS to process my application and finally deny it on August 24. They claimed that they mailed out a decision notice which explains why they denied it and my options.
At the moment (Sep 14), I still haven’t received the decision letter. I tried calling USCIS 3 times during this time and put service request for a second copy of the decision letter. Still No mail has shown up in my mail.
Do you or anyone you may know have come across this issue? please help me so I can have a better insight of what has been going on.


Jason Dzubow September 15, 2017 at 6:16 am

Sorry, I can only assist with asylum issues here. Maybe talk to the school to see whether they can assist you. Take care, Jason


Carter September 14, 2017 at 9:46 pm

Hi Jason 🙁
Its been 4 months since I applied for my work permit (first time). Its been 10 months total since i filed for asylum. What can I do??:(


Jason Dzubow September 14, 2017 at 10:10 pm

Work permits are arriving slowly. If you got the receipt, then they have it, and you will hopefully get it in the next month or so. You can also call USCIS to inquire or go there in person. You can find the phone number or make an appointment to go in person at Take care, Jason


dav September 14, 2017 at 6:48 pm

hi Jason

Thanks for your valuable service,

I am here on pending asylum my family in home country (India), my us citizen brother applied for family base green card application, since 8 month approx., they got interview date but due to they were not here we request for new date. yet to wait for new date and at present they are in my home country on payroll, now I have q is that, if they come to US with in 1 or 2 month, is there any problem at airport, 2nd q is that, is there any problem for their green card application,

Kindly advise



dav September 14, 2017 at 6:49 pm


continue above q, its my parent green card application.



Jason Dzubow September 14, 2017 at 10:09 pm

Sorry, I really do not understand your questions. If they are coming to the US on immigration visas, your asylum case would normally not affect them. Take care, Jason


dav September 15, 2017 at 4:23 pm

hi Jason,

They are coming on B1/B2, they have tourist visa since 4/5 years -10 year multiple entry) and this will be their 4 or 5th visit to USA on B1/B2 visa,

FYI, thanks


Jason Dzubow September 15, 2017 at 4:40 pm

If they are coming here on a B visa, they might have trouble, but if they are coming here with a green card, they should be fine. Take care, Jason


Raaz September 14, 2017 at 8:04 am

Dear Jason,
Hope u doing good. Actually i had post the detailnmag on the same blog day before yeatarday but i cant see that post here and didnot get any reply.
Sir i really need your advise , please let me know
If u want i will post it again.
Really apprecite


Jason Dzubow September 14, 2017 at 9:51 pm

If I did not reply, you should post it again. Take care, Jason


Key September 13, 2017 at 4:54 pm

Hello Sir.

Please guide how to expedite the case as I filed in March 2015 still waiting for interview. What is the procedure for expedite the case and what are the chances for approval.

That Ms


Jason Dzubow September 14, 2017 at 9:30 pm

I did a posting about that on March 30, 2017 – maybe that would help. Take care, Jason


Tekin September 13, 2017 at 1:06 pm

I hope you well. I am one of the fans of your blog. Thank you very much for your time reading this email.

I am Uyghur from China and applied for asylum in March 2015. I expedited my case and interview in January 2017. Unfortunately, the result was disappointing even it went smoothly. The result says ” the country condition information inconsistent” even the situation is getting worse than ever these days for Uyghurs and I was referred to the Immigration Court. Apparently, the officer never had a case of any Uyghurs and was new to the office. Now I am waiting for MHS in December. I wonder how long do I have to wait until my merit hearing in Arlington Immigration Court? It looks like it will be another 2-5 years until merit hearing???? We also submitted a motion for reconsideration in February and still waiting for the revised result hopefully before the MHS date. For the MHS all the family members should be present on that date or only applicant? Will prompt hearing possible to expedite the case? if yes, how it works?


Jason Dzubow September 14, 2017 at 5:46 pm

The waiting time in Arlington varies by judge. For some, you might only wait a few months; others, you might wait 4 years. You can try to expedite in court – I wrote about that on April 20, 2017. All your non-US citizen family members should go to the first court date. Usually, the Judge will tell you that day that minor children do not need to return to court. Take care, Jason


Jack Sparrow September 13, 2017 at 5:03 am

Dear Dzubow;

Firstly, a sincere gratitude goes to you for your relentless help & support to us. I have a quick question and I hope you will help me with that too.

After filling Asylum, I have waited more than 150 days and haven’t heard from them. Now, I wanna apply for EAD card. What are the documents that I needed to apply for EAD? And what are the supportive documents should be submitted? Please, help me with that.

God bless you.


Jason Dzubow September 13, 2017 at 6:47 am

I cannot answer specific question about applications, as I am not familiar with your case. You have to check the instructions to form I-765, available at Even if you make a mistake or forget something, it is not a big problem. USCIS will send you a request for evidence and you can correct the error. Take care, Jason


devis September 13, 2017 at 1:54 am

Hi Jason, I have my first hearing in immigration court with the judge in New York, but I had a temporary job in Seattle that I have been working for 1 years, and I always keep my address in New York, my question is: my asylum can be refused for that? or I have to explain to the judge, thanks


Jason Dzubow September 13, 2017 at 6:39 am

You probably will need to explain why this job is “temporary” and how you are keeping a permanent address in NY. If they think you are lying about your address, it will potentially harm your case. Hopefully, you have some evidence that your permanent address is NY. Another choice is to tell the Judge that you are in Seattle and move your case there. Take care, Jason


Kay September 12, 2017 at 10:44 pm

Hi Jason
Sir, pls i need your help on my asylum pending case and especially on how to apply for EAD. I applied for an asylum with my family in April 2017. I got some help from a friend on how to go about the application process because i dont have much info on how to submit our case then. After 2weeks we got acknowledgement letter and we went for our biometric. we started looking forward to the 150days before we can apply for EAD. The 150days has laspe on sept 8th. I then contact that my friend for assistance to apply for the EAD, but to my surprise he told me that we all have to apply with application fee of $410 each, making $1,640 which i dont have at all. We are 4 in my family that applied (i.e. Myself, wife and 2kids – my son 8yrs and my daughter 6yrs). But from what have been reading about asylum online and on your blog, i can see dat is free to apply for EAD as an asylum pending applicant.
However sir, my main issue now is that i want you to assist me on how to go about applying for EAD for myself and my wife. Is it true that kids too will also apply for EAD, if yes how? What are the document needed with the FORM I-765 to apply for our EAD. Again, our address has changed, am i to notify through the “change of address” form or what?
Please what are the documents needed to apply for the EAD as i dont want to make any mistake in my application.
Please i will appreciate you urgent response so that we apply as earlier as possible. we have already done our finger print over 150days ago.


Jason Dzubow September 13, 2017 at 6:34 am

As I do not know your case, I cannot provide specific advice about this. The form I-765, available at, has instructions that explain what to do. There is no fee for a first-time application for an EAD (when you file for your second EAD, there is a fee). You can apply for your children or not, but usually children that young have no need for an EAD. If you make a mistake when you send it, USCIS will send you a letter explaining the error and asking you to correct it. It is not a problem. Finally, if you moved, you must change your address – use form AR-11, available at You should do the AR-11 before you do the I-765, or at the same time. Take care, Jason


Kay September 14, 2017 at 11:42 pm

Hi Mr Jason,
Thanks so much for your response, i really appreciate it. For the change of address I hope each applicant of my family will need to fill the AR-11 form each. If i should submit the AR-11 form online, do i still need to mail another copy, if yes to what address. After filling the I-765, where am i to mail it as i live in houston, texas.
Thanks as i wait your reply.


Jason Dzubow September 15, 2017 at 6:12 am

Normally, only the principal applicant submits an AR-11. You can do that on-line or mail it according to the instructions (or do both, if you want). As for the I-765, you need to check the mailing address on the instructions. If you have two different cases pending – the asylum and I-765, for example, you need to change the address for both cases. Take care, Jason


sayed September 11, 2017 at 2:15 pm

i need your advice and recommendation and am in bad situation and very confused and i don’t what to do , my wife complain about our situation here in US since we are not having any work permit beside no service like health care house rent support or basic house need like for us and our children. and i have limited budget ,and the life in US is very expensive . and am not sure if any support we can get or not ,you can tell if there is any thing we can get .
i told her about what can be expected if we go through the asylum in USA but unfortunately she change her mind and decide to go back to our home country with my two kids or alone !
and we already submit the case and we expect to have the job permit request after five month from now plus we should prepare our self for the interview with officer and i told about the danger that may happen to her or to my kids and we are lucky to go out from our home country safely but she insist about taking the risk and i hardly can accept it .
so what you think if she traveled back and all the chances to convince her not goes well ? ,is this will make problem to the case ? and what about the work permit and the finger print which we should have before the interview ?.and what about the interview ?

I inform her about sending e-mail to you to advice us or show us what will happen in case she left the country alone or with kids and go back to her family in our home country


Eli September 11, 2017 at 3:19 pm

if she is included in your case and your story tells that you and she will be prosecuted if you go back to Pakistan, then her return will make your case invalid and even fraudulent. I see zero chance for you to win your case in this situation.
for the social help, It is very unlikely that you may be able to get ANY help in the US. things are becoming more tough now.

for Employment authorization card, you can apply 5 months after you file your asylum application but you may have to wait 3-5 months again for the card. Now everything is very slow and I am seeing people waiting for 4-5 months for EAD without any news.

for your interview, you will be very likely to wait for another 2-3 years.


Jason Dzubow September 12, 2017 at 6:16 am

I am assuming that you are the main applicant and she is the dependent. In that case, if she returns, you will need to explain her return to the asylum officer, and I expect that this will weaken the case, but it really depends on your case. If she leaves, you (and the children – if they stay) can still get their work permits normally. You might want to Google “Catholic Charities” + the name of your city. You can go there and ask about public benefits that might be available to you – I do not know much about that. Take care, Jason


Rajesh September 11, 2017 at 12:21 pm

Why my brother EAD application is not showing any update even as received on 8/23/2017 at Lincoln Service center .

LIN179XXXXXXXX , It showing as error .


Jason Dzubow September 12, 2017 at 6:06 am

I do not know – I cannot tell from what you posted. He can call USCIS and inquire – the phone number can be found on their website, Take care, Jason


sam September 10, 2017 at 2:27 pm

Hello Jason,

I’m on pending asylum and my mom is on GC. Priority day will become current soon as she applied i-130 for me. i’m above 21 and unmarried. is there a possibility of me having GC through her when she becomes a citizen?



Jason Dzubow September 11, 2017 at 6:20 am

You should Google the “DOS visa bulletin” to see the dates. It may actually be faster for you if she has a GC and is not a citizen. You could get a GC from her, but it may very well require you to leave the US and get the GC overseas. Depending on your situation, this may or may not be possible, so I recommend you talk to a lawyer to see what you can do. Good luck, Jason


Sb September 10, 2017 at 3:47 am

Hi Jason,
I am an asylum applicant (muslim) with pending application since January 2015 applied my application at HoustonTexas. My first child was born here in US in 2008 when my husband was a student here then we left after my husband studies were completed we never over stay here. I was associated with some political parties back at my home country Pakistan. My husband started his job in duabi after we move from USA in 2008 but in 2013 my husband job was in jeapordy we planned to move Pakistan but when i went there i started receiving threat notes i was very scared tried to stay secure but couldnt manage. My second child was born in UAE in 2013. I got my visitor US visa from UAE since my sister is a us citizen and was pregnant she needed my help because of her previous medical history anyways cut short story is my intentions were never to apply asylum here but due to threats reasons i applied asylum here after my visit with in 6months. My husband also received his vistor visa in UAE he was visiting us from time to time as he was still struggling in UAE with his job he never tried to get a job here in US but this year in june while he was in dubai my husband received a call from us embassy in uae that his visa have some issues so he needs to visit the embassy when he went there they cancelled his visa and asked him to apply new visa in 1 week he reapplied for visitor category visa but they rejected it telling him a reason that ur wife applied an asylum in usa so you will now join her he tried to convince them that since past 3years he is just visiting us but he never tried to join, unfortunately they didnt got convinced and rejected his application. All was going ok until his visa rejection now my kids are really disturbed and i am too, recently i was diagnosed by diabetes because of tension and anxiety. Above all the worst part is my mother is severely sick and she is losing her memory i wanted to see her she is back in pakistan i wanted to visit her as soon as possible my question is:
if i applied info pass at nearest uscis office and ask for a travel document will uscis consider my mom condition an emergency situation and will they issue me a travel document and if they issue is it possible i can come back to usa, i know it will hurt my case going back to the country of fear but what are my chances? i am frustrated afraid and disturb i just dont know what to do please advice me what are my options and what are my chances of coming back because i dont want to abandon my case just want to see my mother and my kids will get a chance to see there father too hopefully.
Thank you for your precious time. your advice is really important for me as i always follow your blog. anxiously waiting for your reply. Thank you and God bless you always.


Jason Dzubow September 10, 2017 at 11:56 am

Unfortunately, things are more difficult now, and your husband’s story is an example of that (though even before Trump, we have seen such problems). I will be posting a blog post this week about Advance Parole, and so maybe that will help. You can ask for an emergency AP, but whether it will work, I do not know. Also, returning to Pakistan will very likely cause your asylum case to be denied. You can try to explain the reason for the travel, but it will certainly create a major issue for your case. If your sister is a US citizen, she can file to bring your mother here. That may take 6 to 9 months, but maybe she can expedite based on your mother’s health situation. Also, maybe she could have your mother apply for a B visa to come to the US for medical treatment – that might be done very quickly. Anyway, if those are options, it may be better for you than going to Pakistan, which would likely harm your asylum case. Good luck, Jason


Sb September 10, 2017 at 11:21 pm

Thank you so very much for your advice Sir. I have one more question to ask if i take my kids to meet my husband till UAE only on AP, since he cant visit us anymore and its not the country of fear will it also hurt my case?

Thank you so much God bless you and your family with good health, wealth, happiness and love.


Sb September 11, 2017 at 12:01 am

Sir if someone voluntarily withdraw their asylum case, after how many years they can reapply for US visa?


Jason Dzubow September 11, 2017 at 6:39 am

Nothing stops you from re-applying to return to the US. Whether you will be able to get a visa, and whether your asylum application will make that process more difficult, I do not know – it depends on the case. Take care, Jason

Jason Dzubow September 11, 2017 at 6:37 am

As long as you do not visit your home country, traveling on AP should not harm your asylum case. Take care, Jason


Sb September 11, 2017 at 9:49 am

Thank you Sir for your prompt reply.

Asylee September 9, 2017 at 12:34 am

Dear Jason,

My husband expedited his case and yesterday he received a letter saying “Your case has been added to our cases to be expedited. We will contact you with an interview date as one becomes available.” Does it mean our expedite petition was approved? What does it mean?

Thanks in advance.


Yene September 9, 2017 at 5:12 pm

Yes your case is aproved
So you have to be ready for interview may be within 2 week or mx 1 month


Jason Dzubow September 10, 2017 at 10:57 am

The expedite request was approved. It may still take several months to get the interview, but you should make sure that all evidence is submitted to the asylum office so you are ready to go for the interview. Take care, Jason


Allen September 8, 2017 at 8:18 pm

Hi Jason, I heard that USCIS is training all the staff in Nebreska Service Center for the upcoming Green Card interviews for employment based visas (also asylum petition GC applications). Because of this, they have stopped processing all types of EAD applications at Nebreska Service Center and USCIS may soon distribute those EAD application to other service centers. This may be the reason why so many people (including one of my friends) are complaining that their EAD application in Nebreska service center is pending for 4-5 months without any news.


Perry September 8, 2017 at 10:31 pm

Thank you


Jason Dzubow September 10, 2017 at 10:43 am

That would explain the delay. Where did you hear about it? Thank you, Jason


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