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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 

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Ella April 20, 2015 at 2:09 pm

Hi Jason,
I have been reading your blog and it is very helpful. I have a question . my husband applied for asylum ( he is syrian on tps status) before we got married . He is still waiting for the interview . I am in the US since 8 months and I am on L1 A visa. can he add my name to his asylum application and would that affect my L1 A visa status ? also do you know how much time is the wait to get an interview in chicago office (he did his finger prints in July2014).
Thank you for your reply


Jason Dzubow April 20, 2015 at 7:48 pm

The time line in Chicago seems slower than in Virginia, and here they are currently interviewing cases from about June 2013. You can join your husband’s case – you can contact the asylum office for details about how to do that. It should not affect your L1 visa, but that is something you ought to check with a lawyer first if it is a big concern.


Gurjit Singh April 16, 2015 at 12:47 am

I also wanted to know what kind of documents i would require to apply for expedite course.
Best Regards
Gurjit Singh


Gurjit Singh April 16, 2015 at 12:43 am

Hello Jason
I am Gurjit Singh I have applied for political asylum in USA in Nov 2014 in Newyork asylum office I have given my fingerprints but did not get any response regarding interview.I belong to India and my family is back in India.Both my parents are 65+ and I am married and I have 3.5 year old daughter.My wife is going into depression and my parents are not able to take care of my wife and daughter because of their age factor.Earlier my sister was taking care of my family and my daughter but 4 months ago she got married and despite her doing best she cannot give enough time and care to my family and besides her newly married life is getting affected because of this.So considering all these factors I was planning to go back as soon as possible but my family donot want me to go back to India as they are scared for my life.I was very confused but luckily I got access to your website and this blog so I was wondering if I could apply for expedite case and I would like to have your guidance.
Best Regards
Gurjit Singh


r April 6, 2015 at 3:34 pm

Hi Jason,

I have a question. Would my asylum case be sent to immigration court without initial interview? I have applied after one year due to certain circumstances and obstacles.


Jason Dzubow April 6, 2015 at 6:43 pm

You should receive an interview, though the case can be denied if you have not filed within one year and you do not meet an exception to the one-year rule.


r April 7, 2015 at 3:17 pm

I didn’t apply within one year but still waiting for the interview. Does it mean that I met the exception? I have received the letter from U.S. senator who have sent inquiry on my behalf. in the letter it says that my case is in background check process.

Thank you.


Jason Dzubow April 7, 2015 at 4:21 pm

I am not sure I understand your question. If you did not file for asylum within one year of your arrival, your case will be denied unless you meet an exception to the rule. The delay at the asylum office has nothing to do with that.


r April 7, 2015 at 7:38 pm

I have applied after one year time frame by stating reasons and i am waiting for interview almost 2 years. I was wondering, will my case be interviewed or asylum office will send it to immigration court? I have received a mail from U.S. Senator who inquired status request on my behalf. In letter it says that my case is in background check process. My question. Will asylum office interview me or could send my case directly to immigration court? What do you think?

r March 31, 2015 at 7:59 pm

hey Jason please don’t delete. Just want to say to all victims of backlog. I am waiting for interview year and 9 month. Now those nazzi animals from DHS are giving us hard time in getting work permit in a timely manner. It is an avid and direct torture. We gotta be tough. Its like test for mental toughness. They gonna torture us until someone commit a suicide. How come in Germany with over 200 000 cases latest case is being taken care within 18 month. Here in this gestapo with only 73 000 cases on the track it could take plus minus 3 years? Because, for them we are expendable material. people with no rights who will cope any humiliation. Jason if you will delete it. It means you are against the truth. You know very well that I am not lying. DHS USCIS start to run background check after approximately 18 month, knowing that it could take another 18 month to check it out. Plus unforeseen delays. I am telling you they are animals they are not human beings. I have complained in everywhere. No one gives a damn trust me. Here is the probably only place where I can write a truth if Jason won’t delete it. They are supposed to run background check right away. But, no they will torture us till the end. That’s is how after world war 2 americans brought lots of ss gestapo officials to the U.S. so they can escape justice and help to establish gestapo ss abver type of government over here.


Jason Dzubow April 1, 2015 at 6:25 am

I am not going to delete your post. I think you are writing out of very understandable frustration, which many of my clients (and I myself) share. However, I obviously do not agree with your statements about DHS, and I suspect that upon reflection, you might not feel quite that way either. In any case, my posting of March 31, 2015 discusses work permit delays, so maybe that would be of some use to you.


Dima March 26, 2015 at 3:01 pm

Hi Jason. My name is Dima. I am from Russia.Thank you for your help. I am waiting for asylum interview. It will be 150 days on 04/23/15 after accepted case. My expiration date will 04/10/2015. Is it legal to stay in USA after expiration date? May I travel to Europe (not to Russia of course)? Thank you again.


Jason Dzubow March 26, 2015 at 3:46 pm

Do you mean that your I-94 will expire on April 10? If so, that does not matter. Once you file for asylum, you can remain here until your case is done. As for travel, it is possible, but problematic. I wrote a post about that here:


Dima March 27, 2015 at 3:39 am

legally I can stay in USA only 6 months (B2 visa). I have notice in my travel passport and also in I-94 form about expiration date. what document USCIS should give me? Right now I have a letter that they received my case and a letter from fingerprinting. I had passed driving test but Dmv officer told me that the expiration date in I-94 to close. I told him that I am on asylum case. he told me that the computer program stops him and I can not receive the driver license. What document USCIS should give me for confirm my status? Thank you Jason.


Jason Dzubow March 27, 2015 at 8:57 am

With asylum, the only documents you get are the receipt and the fingerprint notice. After 150 days, you can apply for a work permit. In my experience, most DMVs will not give a driver’s license unless the person has a work permit. However, you should probably contact your state DMV to see whether there is anything else you can do.


Mina Eskander March 19, 2015 at 6:26 pm

I had filed to renew my EAD (based on a pending asylum since 2013) on the 18 of NOV 2014, I received the receipt notice dated 11/24/14, and after 84 days, I submitted a service request, only for the case to be assigned to be an officer, I called back after two weeks, to hear that I have to wait for another 35 days before I inquire again. Is there anything else I can do? I have lost my job as the old EAD expired on 2.18.2015.
Thank you for your support


r March 7, 2015 at 11:44 pm


Do you have any info in recent backlog period when is the earliest asylum case was filed in Miami asylum office? thank you.


Sam March 7, 2015 at 1:43 pm

Hi Jason,
Could you explain what this condition mean….
*Please note that for Form I-765 category (c)(8), based on a pending asylum application, the processing timeframes listed only apply to an initial filing*
its under the USCIS Processing Time Information, related to issue the EAD under C8 within three weeks..

Many Thanks

Many Thanks.


Jason Dzubow March 9, 2015 at 9:05 am

The processing time listed on the website is 3 weeks, but we have never experienced that. It usually takes 2 or 3 months, and lately, it has been closer to 3 months or even longer.


Sam March 9, 2015 at 4:55 pm

Thanks for helping out …


Abe March 5, 2015 at 6:35 pm

Dear Jason,
I am grate full for what you are contributing to bring hope and courage to the people those who fled their country for fear of persecution . I would like to say thank you so much. Your kind words and lifting up words help me to stand firm. I am also one of the victim of this backlog since June 2013 and nothing heard from the asylum office ( Virginia ). I have requested them expedite interview so many times hence I have family backhome. Based on information you have , When do you think they will call me for an interview ? Recently I heard that they are now interviewing backlog cases. Is this information true? I appreciate your your concern.


Julio February 24, 2015 at 6:19 am

Hi Mr. Dzubow, I’m waiting for my interview for political asylum in Los Angeles, case sent on january 6 and fingerprinted january 15. I got a strong case with proof and documents and i already talked with my lawyer this question but i really need a second opinion.

My husband had to escape from venezuela after i applied for political asylum in USA to be safe after persecution. Now he is in spain waiting for my process and eventually his derivative asylum as my husband, but he can only stay 3 months in spain, after this time he will be illegal there, so he is thinking to apply for political asylum in Spain in order to be legal while he still waiting for my process here wich is going to take long time as i can see… What are The risk If spain grant his asylum before my case is solved here? Can they deny my asylum here because i Will be able to obtain derivative asylum in spain. Otherwise What happen If I grant asylum here , can USCIS deny his derivative asylum because he already had asylum in spain before?
My lawyer says that there is no problem at all, but i read USCIS can deny or revoque political asylum If the person obtain help or asylum from another country.

Im really worried about this.
Thanks beforehand.


Ralph February 17, 2015 at 6:19 am

I am really impressed by what I read about your humble beginning,(Background) ‘your road to stardom’, more importantly various positive comments and achievement, I wont expect lesser than that because you humble beginning paved way for you and you can always appreciate when people are in problem. keep it up and wish you long life and more successes.
I think am one of those that will wish you extend your hands of fellowship to. I am gathering evidences to support my story but will be happy if any assistance could be offered in guiding me in this respect. Thank you.


Jason Dzubow February 17, 2015 at 3:08 pm

Thank you. The best advice I can give is to speak to an attorney about your case. In order to properly prepare a case, you need to gather evidence that is appropriate to your specific circumstances. In general, if you say something happened, you should try to get some evidence about that. However, it is worthwhile to at least consult with an attorney about your specific case.


r February 14, 2015 at 10:38 pm

Hello. Could you please write about background check and security clearance delays for asylum applicants? How long could it take
? thank you


Jason Dzubow February 15, 2015 at 11:59 am

I wish I knew the answer to that one. In my experience, it can take a long time – We have one person waiting for over two years! Most clients’ cases are resolved less than 9 months, but it is very unpredictable.


r February 25, 2015 at 1:59 am

Also, I would like to ask. Can you provide information about backlogged cases for each fiscal year? Like, How many pending cases are from 2013 and 2014 out of total amount of backlogged cases respectively? statistical data. Last time I red, USCIS had 28000 cases from 2013 only. I am wondering how many they have for 2013 as of now?


Jason Dzubow February 25, 2015 at 6:17 pm

I have seen data here and there, but I have not seen a breakdown of backlogged cases by year. Perhaps you could file a FOIA to get such info, or maybe the people at TRAC Immigration (you can Google them) have info about this.


r February 25, 2015 at 2:01 am

total process 9 month? or just only background check?


Luis February 13, 2015 at 5:19 pm

Hi Jason.

My current work permit is expired and I am renewing it but still no answer. I got a job offer and I should start in March. Can I start to work with my current EAD and the renewal receipt?? Thank you.


Jason Dzubow February 14, 2015 at 8:47 pm

I wish I had a link for you, but maybe you can try Goodling around – there is a US government document about work permits that basically says if a person has an expired EAD and a receipt for a new EAD, she can work for 90 days after the old EAD expires.


Eugene February 12, 2015 at 9:25 am

Jason can you please clear some information for me.
I have an approved I 130, my brother (USA citizen) applied it 5 years ago and I have letter from ins that I have to wait before my approved I 130 will be sent to the embassy. The question is :
can I go a head and apply for asylum in USA and then if status would not be granted, wait in USA (may be another 5 years)?
Do I have to leave USA or I can just adjust my status?
Thank you for your help.


Jason Dzubow February 12, 2015 at 3:29 pm

If you are currently in the US, you can apply for asylum. The question about whether you could obtain your green card based on your brother is not so easy to answer, as it depends on different factors. My guess is that that would not work without leaving the US at some point, but you need to talk to a lawyer about the specific situation.


Eugene February 12, 2015 at 3:42 pm

Will I have problems if I will apply for asylum and let say leave USA after one year of wait period( without asylum status)?
Since I believe that GC trough I 130 will probably take another 4 to 5 years? Will it effect me in the future ?


Jason Dzubow February 13, 2015 at 9:30 am

You would need to speak to a lawyer about your specific situation, there are too many factors that will affect whether you might have a problem.


Hossein February 11, 2015 at 2:27 pm

Hi Jason

As I read , you said regulation changed in asylum office recently. Could you explain more about please? You know a lot of people are in backlog and thy want to know what’s going on there .


Jason Dzubow February 11, 2015 at 3:12 pm

Yes, I will write a posting about it soon.


menaa February 9, 2015 at 11:11 am

thanks for ur great effort in this site , i really wish u were working the director office of my asylum case , i applied in feb. 2014 till now no interview in zmi i wanna send them email or lots of emails or letters as i read help somehow . do u know if we have shortlist here or now ? r they planning to change the interviewing policy soon ? i came in us as student . i studied aviation and get a pilot licence but didnt complete cuz i applied for asylum . now i am stuck for year noone can let me fly or study while my case is pending . cuz i need tsa clearance which i cant get. i am losing my skills too :S from not flying long time . do u think they can expedite it depending on that ? how ??


Jason Dzubow February 10, 2015 at 6:46 am

I do not know whether your office has a “short list,” but it probably does. You should ask the office about that. The policy has recently changed, and now USCIS will start reviewing older cases first (before, they were trying to review newer cases first with the idea that they would return to the older cases later). I believe this policy applies to all asylum offices. If this is correct, you will still have to wait, as the oldest cases are from 2013 and your case was filed in 2014. The reason you give about your education may be a basis to expedite. It may or may not work, but you can give it a try. Good luck, Jason


Eugene February 9, 2015 at 6:52 am

Hello Jason,
You have wery interesting blog, thank you for doing that.
I would like to ask you. Is it possible apply for an asylum and while decision is not made to send children to school?
I have son and doughter 13 and 14 years old. Thanks in advance.


Jason Dzubow February 9, 2015 at 10:32 am

Any child in the US – regardless of immigration status – is allowed to attend public school. You should go to your local school and ask how to enroll. Take care, Jason


Sara January 23, 2015 at 12:33 pm

Hi Jason, My asylum case is in the backlog . I send my work permit to renew before 3 months left expired date and they didn’t renew it I started call them several times when one month left to expired they were telling me it is in normal processing time but right now the processing time is over and they told me to go local immigration office to get temporary work permit so I went there and they told me they stopped to give one year ago. Right now I am layoff from my work and I have to pay rent . please is there any option , I don’t know where to go my life is full of struss I have to much going on my life more than I carried .


Jason Dzubow January 25, 2015 at 11:14 pm

It may not help, but if you have your old work permit and the receipt from your new work permit, you are permitted to work for 90 days after the old permit expires. It sounds like the 90 days may have passed. In that case, I do not know what you can do except wait. The local offices should help, but it seems – as you learned – that they do not. There have been a lot of delays with the Employment Documents, and it is a real problem. I wish I had something better to tell you. Hopefully you will get the new work permit soon – Good luck, Jason


Sam January 20, 2015 at 6:10 pm

Hey Jason,
im having an asylum case in the immigration since September.2014… February I could apply for EAD, as you know the TPS is redisegnation to Syrian again…my question is
Should I apply for the TPS to have the work permission or get it through my asylum case !!

Many thanks


Jason Dzubow January 20, 2015 at 10:46 pm

It’s really up to you. Asylum and TPS are compatible, so there is no problem. There are sometimes advantages to applying or not applying TPS, depending on your goals. For this, you should probably talk to a lawyer.


Sam January 22, 2015 at 12:19 am

Thanks for the Fast respond, I belive your client lucky to have a generous advocate ..
I contact with my lawer immediately, once I heard about the TPS
And she said (abosulity you have to apply)
I’m just afraid if I do so, it’s going to play down my asylum case, plus I’m not seeing the benfite from waiting other 90th working day and pay approximately 700$ to have the TPS , when I could have the EAD next month ..

Honestly, I’dont know what to do ..but I sort it this way
I will apply for the EAD next month, and if nothing showing up in my asylum case before the 45 days from the TPS expired, I’ll apply to the TPS too..

At the end we are a nation has a serious humanitarian issue, we do really appreciate any type of help that’s come from you or from the USA government ….it’s really mean a lot
God bless America ..


Sam January 23, 2015 at 5:13 pm

Please, I would like to hear your opinion about my reply above,
Could you explain the advantages to applying or not applying TPS, in my case.



Jason Dzubow January 25, 2015 at 11:15 pm

It is really not possible to give specific legal advice on a blog. If you are wondering about the different possibilities, it would be a good idea to hire a lawyer to review your case and explain the different options.

Lily January 14, 2015 at 11:55 pm

Thanks Jason for the respond. how about changing my house address I was thinking to move to my Friends house but the USCIS knows the address which I currently lives at. is it possible if I move out and change my house address? will they use the new address which I’m thinking to move in to send me mail of my interview appointment?
Thank you very much again!!


Jason Dzubow January 15, 2015 at 11:06 am

You can change the address by giving the asylum office a form AR-11. They should send your mail to the new address. Please note that if you move to another location, it may cause the case to be transferred to a different asylum office, which might cause more delay.


Lily January 21, 2015 at 12:28 am

Jason, I understand that it might cause me much delays but does my change of address make the asylum clock stop?

Thanks alot


Jason Dzubow January 21, 2015 at 5:35 pm

It can stop the clock if the change of address causes you to change asylum offices. If you remain at the same office, it should not cause the clock to stop.


Lily February 17, 2015 at 1:36 pm

Hi Jason I’ve one more question about the asylum clock, when do i start counting? Is it from the day you applied online or is it from the day you gave your finger print that the asylum click start counting? My asylum is pending since December 16 2014 and I’m thinking It’ll be full 150 day on may 14,2015 if It is correct I’ll be able to apply for the EAD.
Thanks again Jason I really appreciate your work!

Lily January 14, 2015 at 12:08 am

Hello, I came to the U.S.A with a student visa i applied for asylum and i already gave my fingerprints 23 days ago and I still didn’t get my interview appointment mail. when will I get it cause? right now my life is not easy I’m going through a lot cause I don’t have a job I’m so broke I’m almost finishing the money that I brought on a daily bases so is there anyway that I can work while I wait for my asylum interview appointment??? And the people that I live with they make me do lots of work like the whole day they are using me since I don’t have a job and enough money they think I don’t have anywhere to go but my friend is offering me to stay at her house but I’m worried if if move to my friends house the USCIS knows the address of the people which I live currently so Is it possible to change address so that when the USCIS send me my interview appointment by mail I can recive it from my friend’s house??? please I really need ur help I came here cause I was being harmed and suffered a lot of hardships mentally and physically and even here the people are using me they make me work at their house the whole day??? Thanks you please respond soon!!


Jason Dzubow January 14, 2015 at 10:55 pm

Unfortunately the cases are often moving very slowly. You cannot work until you receive a work permit – which happens either when your case is granted or if there is no decision, 150 days after you file, you can apply (using form I-765). If you do work without permission, however, there is no penalty. You may want to contact one of the immigration charities (like Catholic Charities or Lutheran Immigrant and Refugee Services) to see whether they can refer you to people who can help you while you wait. Good luck, Jason


hossein January 5, 2015 at 10:53 pm

Hi Jason
I’m part of backlog cases and living in MD with EAD. Apparently there is no any source or information about our rights to know how can we open our business or go to university or buy property in US or somewhere else . Could you please give us some information about or do you know any source to help us out about this stuff?

Hossein .S


Jason Dzubow January 7, 2015 at 8:05 pm

I don’t know of a single source for such information. I believe you can do all the things you mentioned. To open a business you just incorporate and open the business. To go to school, you can talk to the specific school for more info, and I see no reason why you can’t buy property. You may need advice how to do some of these things, but your immigration status should not prevent you from doing them.


hossein January 9, 2015 at 12:48 am

Thanks for your respond ,but as you know for all that stuff they want to know our status .they want to know are we immigrant or foreign student or etc. pending doesn’t make any sense for most of them. They won’t give us loan until they find out our status. Already I had a problem with plenty of colleges and loan companies. Do you have any idea about it?


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.


Getch January 10, 2015 at 10:55 pm

Hi Jason,
As you hoped the decision arrives with an approval. I wish the same to everybody waiting for it.
Thank You.


Jason Dzubow January 13, 2015 at 11:06 pm

Congratulations! Thank you for letting me know the good news. Take care, Jason


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?


Jason Dzubow April 7, 2015 at 9:52 pm

They should interview you. However, if they determine that you do not qualify for an exception to the one-year filing requirement, they will refer your case to Immigration Court. If they determine that you do qualify for an exception, they will review the merits of your case to see whether you qualify for asylum. The one-year bar can be difficult, and you may want to talk to an attorney to see whether there is anything that can be done to help you. Good luck, Jason


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