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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.

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TJ February 7, 2016 at 9:08 am

Hi Jason,

Thank you for your updates. I have one question. I have moved from Texas to Maryland and I was planning to change my address soon after i get my own apartment. My question is; will changing address cause delay in my waiting time? I mean will it be considered as if I just applied now?



Jason Dzubow February 7, 2016 at 11:46 am

Supposedly, it does not. If you move, you are supposed to keep your filing date for purposes of the new queue. At least that is what USCIS says, and hopefully it is correct. Take care, Jason


Debbie Gallagher February 6, 2016 at 7:28 pm

Dear Jason
My husband is currently in asylum process in USA. Since starting his application we have married. I am an Irish citizen. He is going to withdraw his asylum application in USA to move to Ireland. My question is will there be any implications to him withdrawing his application i.e. will they issue a ban to him? Will there be issues if he applies for tourist visa to visit USA in the future?


Jason Dzubow February 7, 2016 at 12:55 am

Unless he violated his immigration status in some other way (like overstaying a visa), he should not have problems, especially once he has Irish citizenship. Take care, Jason


Alex February 5, 2016 at 2:54 pm

Hi Mr Dzubow,

How long is the waiting time for a decision after a person has an interview with an officer for ex-Soviet countries?


Jason Dzubow February 7, 2016 at 1:00 am

You cannot predict waiting times. It seems to me that people from Muslim countries are slower than from non-Muslim countries, but that is just based on my own cases. Take care, Jason


bappe February 5, 2016 at 1:18 pm

salam bhai,1.i was a student here since august,2009 till 2016 June, 2013,i bought my wife here as a general visitor.
3. in November,2013 we have problems at back home and my wife was pregnant,so i applied through FLRO (exceptional further leave) before her visa finished. January,2014 she was refused by home office with appeal right.(in that refusal letter, home office suggested her to apply for asylum) February,2014 we appealed and won that ,judge said that decision was not according to the law and the decision remains outstanding until secretary of state issue a lawful decision. July,2014 my son was born and we havent heard anything from home office. October,2014,we all (i,my wife and son) applied for asylum.
8.on 30th April,2015 i have done my main interview at Birmingham.
9. 3rd of may,2015 we all received bio-metric enrollment letter and done it at the post office.
10.i got letter for my 2nd substantiate interview letter on 25/11/2015
11.1st of december 2015 i have done my 2nd interview.
12. i have received a refusal letter with right of appeal on my claim on 30/12/2015
13.i appealed against that decision 12/01/2016 on paper base hearing.
14.i have received a letter from HMCT as my appeal is lodged on 15th jan
15. HMCT gave the deadline to home office by 9/2/2016 for submitting any more documents.
but i havent heard anything from home office regarding my respondent bundle or any thing.
do you know when i will get my bundle as there is only few days left for the deadline? please let me know.


Thomas February 5, 2016 at 1:33 pm

This is not a British asylum blog. It’s American.


bappe February 5, 2016 at 4:27 pm

oops! thanks anyway.


Jason Dzubow February 7, 2016 at 1:03 am

Sorry – I do not know about asylum in Great Britain. Good luck with your case, Jason


Jose February 5, 2016 at 11:23 am

HI Jason,

I would like to know which is the day that I should be follow to send the form for the green card. because the I94 has a date and the letter with the I94 came to me 3 months later. so my question is I can send the form after the year on the I94?


Jason Dzubow February 7, 2016 at 1:04 am

The asylum approval should say the date that asylum was granted. This is the date for purposes of calculating the one year period; not the date on the top of the letter. Take care, Jason


Edouard February 4, 2016 at 5:57 pm

Dear Jazon,

I repost again.
My spouse applied for Aslylum in october 2014, and already got the fingerprint in November 2014. she was pregnant at that time she got a baby girl since 2014 and I fully support my family from back home. Here are my questions:
1) since that time I never saw my daughter, do you think if I apply for visa while the asylum is pending the embassy will grant me a visa?
If yes witch type of visa shall I apply for.
2) do I have right to visit my daughter and my wife? If yes what could be the supporting documents at the embassy.
3) on 6 February 2016 it will be 15 months passed without getting interview, do you think that she will go again for fingerprint?

Hope this time you will get my message, thanks in advance.


Thomas February 5, 2016 at 1:37 pm

The U.S. Embassy would probably think you intend to move to the U.S. and thus deny you any visa. Though if you want to try, you should apply for a b1/b2 visitor visa.


Edouard February 5, 2016 at 6:52 pm

Thank you dear Thomas but any answer for question 3?


Thomas February 6, 2016 at 3:50 am

Interviews are taking up to two years, you can’t really predict. As for the fingerprints, if there was something wrong with her inetial ones, they’ll reach out to her. It’s not like it’s standard procedure to fingerprint you more than once. If they did ask her though, it just might be a sign that her case is moving. Lets hope for the best.


Jason Dzubow February 6, 2016 at 11:37 pm

You can apply for a visa. Most non-immigrant visas will not be granted if the US consulate thinks you might have an intent to remain permanently in the US (B visa and F visa are two common examples). Other non-immigrant visas, like H1B, will be granted even if you have an intention to remain permanently in the US. When a person’s spouse has applied for asylum, the consulate may think you have an intention to immigrate and this may make certain visas more difficult to get (like the B and F). You do not have a right to come to the US, but you can request a visa. You wife will have to be re-printed eventually, but everyone is facing delays like this, and so everyone gets reprinted at some point. Take care, Jason


Edouard February 4, 2016 at 7:41 am

Good day dear Jazon,

I wrote to you few days ago but no answer, please I’m still waiting for your answer.


Jason Dzubow February 4, 2016 at 2:08 pm

Maybe I missed it – feel free to re-post it. Sorry, Jason


Mohammed February 4, 2016 at 3:31 am

I had my asylum interview 10 months ago in houston TX, yet I got no decision. Whenever I emailed them, they tell me Your case is undergoing the final review prior to decision service to you, by mail.
Do you know how long will it take them to send me my decision since I’m from Iraq.
Thank you sir


Jason Dzubow February 4, 2016 at 7:13 am

We just got a final approval yesterday for man from Iraq. His interview was in December 2013, so it was a long wait. There is no way to predict how long you will wait, and there is not much you can do to make them go faster. Many f our Iraqi clients wait more than 10 months, so I do not think your situation is unusual. You can email or contact the asylum office to check in once in a while. You can also contact the Ombudsman (a link is at right) or file a mandamus lawsuit (I wrote about that on Feb. 26, 2015). But probably your best bet is to just wait and hope for something soon. Good luck, Jason


Alex February 2, 2016 at 11:09 pm

Hi Mr Dzubow,

A question on the website functionality.

Wrote a question a day ago, cannot check the old questions.

Trying to press PREVIOUS, but takes nowhere.


Jason Dzubow February 3, 2016 at 7:42 am

I am of no help on the technical end – sorry. Maybe ask the question again and we’ll see if it works…


Alex February 3, 2016 at 7:28 pm

I was just reading some questions in asylum forum, and realized that someone did not provide any affidavit documents when his asylum case was being submitted and because of this his interview was postponed.

And this message struck me. When I applied for an asylum about a year ago, I did not have any supporting documents at that time and my lawyer said it will be ok to bring all supporting documents to the interview.

Do you think it was ok to submit my story only and to bring all my affidavit and evidences to the interview or shall I need to send them at least something?

Thanks again.


Jason Dzubow February 4, 2016 at 7:02 am

You have to submit the documents BEFORE the interview. In my local office (Virginia), you must submit them one week before the interview; other offices might have a different rule. However, if you just bring them on the day of the interview, the asylum office could reject them. Hopefully, your lawyer knows the rule at your local office. If not, it’s time to find a new lawyer. Take care, Jason


Alex February 5, 2016 at 2:50 pm

Thanks for your valuable advice.

I think you are right about the lawyer.

Vishwas February 2, 2016 at 8:32 pm

Hi Jason,

I applied for asylum along with my wife from PA. The timeline for our application is as follows:

Application applied May 27, 2015 (Newark Asylum Office)
Acknowledgement of receipt: June 03, 2015
Biometrics done: June 16, 2015
Completion of 150 Days – November 03,2015 (application applied)
Receipt for I-765 – November 17, 2015
Transfer Notice: November 16, 2015 (Nebraska Service Center)
Changed my address – January 21, 2016 – letter received from (Newark Asylum Office) – DONE

Again, I have the same question how long should I wait in order to get my first EAD, or you think it’s a good idea to ask for Interim EAD since I’ve been waiting for so long. Suggest.


Jason Dzubow February 3, 2016 at 7:38 am

Our office does not issue an interim EAD and I believe no USCIS office does this, even though the rules say the do. There is no harm in asking, of course. EADs seem to take about 4 months, so you should receive yours in the next month or so. Take care, Jason


Vishwas February 4, 2016 at 8:43 pm


So today i got an update on USCIS website that my new card is being produced, but my wife’s application says that her name was updated, since neither us nor our lawyer anything to do with the name, do you have any idea ,what does this mean? Also, i am the prime applicant, is it just a technical glitch?


Jason Dzubow February 6, 2016 at 11:36 pm

I don’t know. You might try calling USCIS or making an InfoPass appointment to go in person to ask. Otherwise, you can wait for the card and see whether the name is correct. If it is wrong, there is a process to get a corrected EAD. Of course it is probably slow. Take care, Jason


Alex Han February 2, 2016 at 7:38 pm

Hi, Jason it’s Han again, I am finally currently facing unemployment due to my delay of my New EAD card.My lawyer messed up he filed first timeon12/05/15 with incorrect fee, so it was returned, and I filed again on Jan 5,2016. And my expedition date is 03/29/2016. It’s no way for me to get the EAD on time I know, but unfortunately, my company need me to provide new card if not I will not be able to work after 03/28/2016.So basically I worked so hard for these past 7 months, and finally passed my temporary position and I am facing unemployment,and I really think It’s not fair to me.I suffered a lot when I just came to the US,no able to work, it’s hard for me to experience it again. Is there anyway I can contact USCIS to issue out any statement?Or expedite my EAD, if I could how should I do it? Because apparently my lawyer’s statement doesn’t work well. Jason, Thank you kindly! I really appreciate it.


Jason Dzubow February 3, 2016 at 7:36 am

We have had no luck expediting EADs. The rules will change soon, which will reduce this problem (see my blog post from last week). However, that does not help you now. I recommend you try anyway, make an InfoPass appointment with USCIS and go ask. Ask to talk to a supervisor. Bring a letter from your employer. You can also try the Ombudsman (a link is at the right), but they generally move too slow to help in a case like yours. You could offer to the employer to work as an unpaid intern, which is allowed, and when the card arrives, they can “re-hire” you. Good luck, Jason


Alex Han February 3, 2016 at 10:49 am

Thank you, I will make an appointment and let my employer know.


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