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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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ABDUL WAHID January 17, 2017 at 2:33 am

I filed my I-589 ( Asylum ) at SF office in Feb.2012.
I got my first biometrics in Feb.2012
I had my interview at AO SF in March 2012.
After 4.4 years, I got my second biometrics.
Overall 5years since I filed my case and still waiting for my decision.
I contacted congress office and the investigated and informed my that my case has to be re-analysis and revise before the decision.
I don’t understand what does it mean?
Would appreciate if you could explain this for me. Thanks so much for your help

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Art January 16, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Hi..my wife and kid apply for asylum @ San Francisco office and done 2 interviews and the officer said u have done well.
And that they will send the decision soon. Sonce 18th November we are waiting..what can we do? When we can get answer? How long? Is it good or bad?
Any website to check our status?

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dev January 13, 2017 at 7:34 pm

hi Jason,

Greetings of the day !!

I have question, my Indian passport expiry in sept -17, and I have pending asylum case, and my family in my home country but I have mentioned in my application, now as you suggested earlier that its not good to renew passport, as its effect my asylum case, so in this scenario if any emergency come to visit my family or any kind of, how can travel out side USA, can I able to travel on other documents, which are it?? and its accept by all country to travel in,
kindly guide please.

thanks

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Jason Dzubow January 15, 2017 at 11:06 pm

If you have to travel while your asylum case is pending, the only option I know of is to use your passport, and this could potentially have a negative affect on your asylum case. In addition to your passport, you would need Advance Parole (form I-131, available at http://www.uscis.gov) to re-enter the US. If you travel to your home country, this could also have a negative affect on your asylum case. I recommend you talk to a lawyer about the specifics of the situation before you apply for a new passport or travel, especially if you plan to travel to your home country. Take care, Jason

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Rick January 13, 2017 at 1:51 am

Hey Jason.
Need your advice.
I’ve waited for my interview(Arlington) almost 2 years. I know that things go slow right know at Asylum offices, but asylum seekers have to live there life )
The question is…
I was using my friend address to fill up forms and etc. in VA, i already got EAD, but i leave in another state. I like place where i live and i have a nice job. I don’t wanna loose everything and just move in VA, but i don’t wanna loose my asylum case too cause of this. What should i do? If i was doing this for as long as 1 year, does it make sense to me to move right know? How often officers checking addresses? It’s not like marriage or something like that, address shouldn’t be that important for them!?
Do you have any stories regarding this issue?

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Jason Dzubow January 13, 2017 at 7:46 am

You have to tell them where you work, and if they see you are working in California (for example) but that your address is Virginia, they may be suspicious that you are lying about your address. If they think you are lying about your address, they may think you are lying about your case. If you have evidence that you use the VA address (tax forms, driver’s license), then you may be ok. There is no mathematical formula for this, and you might want to talk to a lawyer to see how you can minimize the risk. Take care, Jason

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Rick January 14, 2017 at 12:28 am

Have you ever had those problems?
I was asking lawyers and nobody had this problem.

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Jason Dzubow January 17, 2017 at 7:34 am

I have had at least one case where the person’s address was an issue. It did not cause us to lose the case, but it certainly was a major distraction. Take care, Jason

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Kashif abbasi January 12, 2017 at 11:49 pm

Hello Jason Dzubow
I have applied for asylum in last month in NY. I have a question that if I get h1b visa so can I adjust my status without going to home country by staying in USA or I have to go back to my home country for getting visa stamp

thanks for your cooperation

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Kashif abbasi January 13, 2017 at 12:29 pm

Hi Jason
I am waiting for you answer can you help me to find out the soloution after getting h1b visa an assyle can adjust his/her status by staying in US or he or she have to leave US for status adjustment?
Your help will be appreciated
Thanks

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Jason Dzubow January 15, 2017 at 11:02 pm

I do not understand your question. If a person is lawfully in the US on a valid H1b visa, he can get a green card through his employer (assuming he is otherwise eligible). If he also has asylum, I do not see why that should have an effect, but you would need to talk to a lawyer about the specifics of the situation, as it is not clear to me what you are asking. Take care, Jason

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Kashif abbasi January 16, 2017 at 6:56 pm

Hey Jason

Let me clear my question I want to ask that if someone apply for asylum and during his waiting period he/ she may get h1b visa and he/she if withdraw their asylum case so can they adjust their status by staying in US because I came to know that if you get h1b visa and wants to adjust your status you have to go back to home country and then have to re enter in US before staus adjustment.

Thanks

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David January 12, 2017 at 7:02 pm

Hello Jason Dzubow,

I filled my religious asylum application with USCIS back in 2013 and my case was pending in backlog until April 2016. After the interview I did not hear anything for 8 months. Recently when I inquired about the status through the office of my local congressman. In response the USCIS office told me that my case is under a “mandatory confidential investigation of identity and background” check.

I know you wrote a very helpful article about the “background check” delays. Do you see anything unusual with the USCIS’ response? Do you recommend if I should get a lawyer and pursue another follow up with USCIS? Waiting for almost 4 years is frustrating to be honest.

Any guidance from you is appreciated.

David

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bapu January 10, 2017 at 7:22 pm

hi Jason,

Greetings !!

Once I get EAD, can I eligible to do business here, like forex or any other like restaurant etc, if I work for any company or small business, can I able to get all benefit like work medical and insurance etc…??

kindly advise
Thanks

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Jason Dzubow January 12, 2017 at 7:42 am

You should be eligible to do that, except for the medical insurance (though you can pay for med insurance on your own). Take care, Jason

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Ruth January 9, 2017 at 10:19 pm

Hi Jason,
Based on your advise, I tried to contact the asylum office in San Francisco and very hard to get the customer line. As I know I think you can help me from your professional experiences how to add my spouse in my current pending asylum status in order to enable my spouse get EAD and be on withholding of removal status. Is there any particular form to fill out and add my spouse? Then have the EAD sent for my spouse without waiting 7 to 8 months?

Thank you so much for your extended help!

Ruth

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Jason Dzubow January 12, 2017 at 7:24 am

Try sending them an email or going in person (if it is close by), you may get a better response. Also, you can look at the Affirmative Asylum Procedure Manual (a link is at right). It may provide info on adding a spouse. My experience is that it varies slightly between offices, and I do not know the procedure in SF (and since I only do this rarely, I do not remember the exact procedure in my local office). Take care, Jason

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Ruth January 13, 2017 at 1:42 pm

Jason,
Thank you so much for your help and kind patience. God bless you!

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dev January 9, 2017 at 3:55 pm

hi Jason

Greetings of the day !!

Thanks for your blog service, applicate,

I had applied my ead on 11/03/2016, my 150 days were over on 10/29/2016, I got acknowledgement from EAD dept, that they received my documents, but till now no news, its now more then 8 weeks, further I would like to inform you that, I had contacted asylum customer care on 12/13/2016, and they take my request and they send me letter, if you not heard anything within 60 days from 12/13/2016, so contact again, I am worried, why my first time EAD yet not received, kindly advise,

Thanks & Best Regards

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Thomas January 10, 2017 at 4:17 am

It usually takes more than 8 weeks to process. An average of 12 weeks almost.

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Jason Dzubow January 12, 2017 at 7:19 am

Where we are (East Coast), it typically takes 3 or 4 months to get the EAD from the time of filing. In some parts of the country it may be faster, but considering that the holidays occurred recently, which slows things down, I do not think your case is outside the normal time frame. I suppose if you do not hear from them by February, you can contact them again. Take care, Jason

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Ayham January 6, 2017 at 7:16 pm

I want to apply for asylum to any country in Europe, I’m from Syria and now live in Turkey, but I do not have a lot of money

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Jason Dzubow January 8, 2017 at 4:44 pm

It is not something I can assist with, but I wish you good luck, Jason

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Ruth January 6, 2017 at 3:24 am

Jason, first of all thank you so much for your help in creating this plateform for us to ask and get answers.

At the moment, I am on asylum pending status for the last 7 months. I applied for EAD and got my card last week. Fortunately, my spouse came to US on a trousit Visa last month. My spouse is already included in my pending asylum, but I need to make sure my spouse gets witholding of removal and the EAD. How can I do this please? Should I have to file I-589 separately? Is there anyway I can get witholding of removal and EAD for my spouse as the time for the interview usually is taking over two years now?

Thank you so much

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Jason Dzubow January 8, 2017 at 8:08 am

If your spouse has an independent case, he/she can file a separate I-589 (and wait for 7 or 8 months for the EAD). You could add your spouse to your current case, which would get him/her the EAD faster. To learn how to add a spouse to the case, it is best to contact the local asylum office and ask them how to do it. You can find their contact info if you follow the link at right called Asylum Office Locator. You can also hire a lawyer to help with this. Take care, Jason

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Ruth January 8, 2017 at 5:24 pm

Jason, that’s very helpful! I will contact the asylum office how to add my spouse into my current case. Thank you so much!

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Karina January 4, 2017 at 4:21 pm

Dear Jason,

I would like to know is hepatitis C a good reason for expediting an asylum case?

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Jason Dzubow January 8, 2017 at 7:43 am

Maybe – You have to give them medical evidence of your condition and explain why expediting the case would help you (maybe it would allow you to get medical insurance if you had asylum). Good luck, Jason

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Syed January 3, 2017 at 12:52 am

Hi,
I had filed for my change of status application from B1 TO F1 in dec 2014 , it was denied because I was becoming out of status 30 days before start of classes , filed a motion to reconsider which was approved but the application was denied in march 2016
I filed my asylum application in may 2016 , my previous application for change of status was reopened in sept (service motion ) and just received a letter of intent to deny unless I submit a fresh I 20 .
what should I do , very confused , should I submit a fresh I 20 ? withdraw the asylum application or continue with both ?

thank you

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Jason Dzubow January 3, 2017 at 7:42 am

You should talk to a lawyer about the specifics of the case. It would be helpful to your asylum case if you could get your student status re-instated, as that would eliminate any problem with the one-year filing bar (you are required to file asylum within one year of arriving in the US; there are exceptions, and being in lawful status is one exception – however, the situation you describe may cause USCIS to think you missed the one-year deadline and that you do not meet an exception; if you get re-instated, this problem should be solved). Take care, Jason

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TRIVA January 2, 2017 at 11:41 pm

Asked a question couple of days ago, PREVOIUS COMMENTS link takes you to an empty page where you can’t find any other comments. Sad.

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Jason Dzubow January 3, 2017 at 7:37 am

Thanks for letting me know – We will try to fix it…

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Jonny January 2, 2017 at 8:44 pm

Hi jason,
Happy new year,
I moved from New Jersey to los angles(CALIFORNIA) 50 days ago ,I haven’t changed my address but I applied for my EAD and put my los angles address on EAD application, its been more thsn 30 days I haven’t received any confirmation letter from uscis .
Please guide me.
Thank you

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Jason Dzubow January 3, 2017 at 7:28 am

I would wait another few weeks for the receipt, as things tend to be slower around the holidays. However, you should have filed the AR-11 (available at http://www.uscis.gov) with the old local asylum office. It is possible that the different addresses are causing the problem, though I kind of doubt it. If you do not hear anything in a few weeks, maybe you want to call USCIS to see whether the I-765 was received (the phone number is on their website http://www.uscis.gov). If that does not help, maybe you will need to re-file the I-765, and make sure all your addresses are updated. Take care, Jason

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bapu January 2, 2017 at 4:18 pm

hi Jason,

happy new year to you and your entire team,

I have question, as pending asylum applicant, can I eligible to play and get the big win amount from casino, kindly guide for the same,

Warm Regards

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assyle January 2, 2017 at 6:27 pm

Yes..if you have ssn.

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Jason Dzubow January 3, 2017 at 7:15 am

I don’t see why not, but I have no idea about how casinos pay out their winnings. Good luck, Jason

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Karina January 4, 2017 at 2:59 am

Can you tell me how long did your first interview waiting time take and in which office was your case? Congratulations of getting approved.

Thanks in advance.

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assyle January 2, 2017 at 2:25 pm

Hi Jason,
Happy new year..I got aproved for my Asylum application 6 months ago….could you tell me the possible next steps for my road to US Citizenship? Regards

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Jason Dzubow January 3, 2017 at 7:10 am

One year after you were granted asylum, you can apply for a green card. The GC will be “back dated” one year, meaning, if you receive it on January 3, 2017, it will say “January 3, 2016”, and you can apply for US citizenship 4 years and 9 months after the earlier date (really 5 years, but they let you mail the application 3 months early). So in this example, you could apply to be a US citizen on about October 3, 2020 (all this assumes no change in the law with the new president). Take care, Jason

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Rayan January 3, 2017 at 8:23 am

Thanks Jason for your help,
Has ever this regular process of 5 years from being permanent residence to be allowed to apply for citizenship ever been changed or paused in the past ? (all this assumes no change in the law with the new president) why do you think so?I understand Trump/Sessions have anti-immigration plans,but do you think they could go after GC holders and prolong the period like in many countries in EU?

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Jason Dzubow January 8, 2017 at 7:20 am

I do not know, but this would require a change in the law, which would need the president and congress, and I am not sure that it is a priority for them. Take care, Jason

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Karina January 4, 2017 at 2:32 am

Hello,

Can you tell me how long did your first interview waiting time take and in which office was your case? Congratulations of getting approved.

Thanks in advance.

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Hagus December 31, 2016 at 4:41 am

Hi

Can I Claim asylum again in the UK after leaving the uk voluntarily.

Thanks

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Jason Dzubow January 2, 2017 at 10:38 am

I suppose it is possible to claim asylum from the UK, but given that that country generally respects human rights, it may be a very difficult case to win. Take care, Jason

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Singh December 30, 2016 at 4:19 pm

Hi Jason i filed asylum in ohio last yr but interview not come yet i m planning to move CA . So i want to move my case to CA . Plz tell me if i will move my case it any effect on my interview time . Will it be slow processing thanks

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Jason Dzubow January 2, 2017 at 10:35 am

It depends where in CA you move. San Francisco is pretty fast; Los Angeles is the slowest office in the US. You can check which office your case will be in if you follow the link at right called Asylum Office Locator and enter your new zip code. Take care, Jason

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