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download-225x300Jason Dzubow is an immigration attorney who specializes in political asylum, immigration court, and appeals.  He is a partner at Dzubow & Pilcher, PLLC, and his full profile can be found here.

Contact Jason Dzubow about an Asylum or Immigration case:

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(202) 328-1353 

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Tom December 3, 2016 at 7:21 pm

I’m from Russia and as a political activist I have serious reasons not to be back to my homeland. So I’m considering to apply for the asylum in the USA. But I have one concern. My spouse is from Georgia. I’m afraid that my case will be denied because I have legal possibility to move to Georgia which is quite democratic state. Could you please let me know your opinion if that possibility would be enough reason to deny my case?


Jason Dzubow December 4, 2016 at 11:55 am

You will need to address that issue in your asylum application. Just because you can move to Georgia does not mean that you are blocked from asylum (technically, the term is “firm resettlement” – if you are firmly resettled in Georgia, you cannot get asylum unless you also show you face persecution in Georgia). If you do not have an offer from the government of Georgia to live there, you should be alright. But the law related to firm resettlement in complicated, and I recommend you talk to a lawyer about the specifics of your situation before you make a decision about asylum. Take care, Jason


Asylum Seeker December 3, 2016 at 12:12 am

Hi Jason,

Thanks for providing insights on immigration related queries. i had a question, i was told by the USCIS officer that i can apply for work permit after 120 days period while the USCIS website clearly says we have to wait for a period of 150 days. Do you think it is possible to submit the EAD form after 120 days?

many thanks


Jason Dzubow December 4, 2016 at 11:46 am

In our experience, if you submit the application prior to 150 days, USCIS will eject the application, which causes more delay. I recommend you wait until 150 days. Take care, Jason


Dev December 1, 2016 at 12:08 pm

HI Jason, really appreciate your efforts helping n number of persons .
I’m a Hindu from India , age 40 plus ,single male …never married . My parents and siblings have LPR status since 10 years but somehow they could not file my petition till date . I’m all alone in India and only member left out in India. I have valid US visit visa and travelled and stayed for 5 plus month in USA .
In India previously and still I’m facing life threatening incidents from various elements. If my parents file petition for me it would take long long time for me to join them permanently.

Is there any law for immediate blood relative , for the only left family member in india so I can soon join permanently with my parents in USA.

Can I file for asylum once I go there on my second visit and what basis or ground can I file asylum. Is life threatening incidences on me enough for evidences for asylum . what would be the date to file eg.. January 2017

can I also go for petition for refugee status and on what basis .
pls help me with an advice that would be the best suited for me and my old parents keeping in view about changing various immigration policies from upcoming new government in USA


Jason Dzubow December 2, 2016 at 7:24 am

If you are in the US, you can file for asylum. You need to show that you face persecution in India. I recommend you talk to a lawyer about the specifics of your case, and to explore whether there might be other options for you. I do not know about applying for refugee status overseas. Take care, Jason


Dev December 3, 2016 at 3:09 am

Dear Jason , thank you very much , can you please suggest me an attorney or lawyer , who can figure out best possible ways particularly in my case.

thanks again


Jason Dzubow December 4, 2016 at 11:49 am

I cannot recommend anyone here. I wrote a post about how to find a free immigration lawyer on September 22, 2016. Maybe that will have some links that will help you get started. Take care, Jason


Edo November 30, 2016 at 3:52 pm

Hi dear Jason,

We feel free when we express our point of view to you, thank again.
Saying that here is my concern:
1) in my country conjoint cannot be outside of his family for more than 6 months, it is considered that family abandon. In USA can you be away from your family for more that 6months without penalty?
If no, why USCIS is pushing family to separate?
Here is my suggestion:
If a family apply as refugee/asylum seekers USCIS could give then priority for initial interview so that the family in US can get a temporary authorisation to go out and return to US without fear to be denied the entry. But when they said that if you leave the USA we cannot garentee you to re-enter the USA. That means a sort of detention! Because the family member who is/are outside USA has/have no chance to apply for USA visa and get it to visit the family with pending asylum case.
2) Do you know when USCIS will “resume” (sorry for the word) the work? This calendar is there for more than two moths, looks like when there is presidential campaign USCIS also stop interviews.
3) We don’t tell USCIS to grant refugee/asylum to all applicants but for family cases, give then fast interview if they win its ok but if not they have at least time to apply to another country which can resolve their case asap not holding the family for more than 1year for different reasons.
Thank again.


Jason Dzubow December 1, 2016 at 7:24 am

1 – I certainly agree that asylum seekers with family outside the US should get priority, but currently, this is not the case (though they can ask to expedite their cases, and sometimes this works). Work is continuing, but most of it focuses on cases at the US/Mexico border, and so it is very slow for “regular” asylum seekers. Once they post the new information, I think we will see some small progress (for example, Virginia is now interviewing people who filed in February 2014). 3 – Again, I agree with this. Take care, Jason


Asrat November 30, 2016 at 7:17 am

Hi Hi Jason!

I Have B1/B2 Visa and i want to come to US and apply Political Asylum, I have been in US for visiting more than five times. Is it feasible to get asylum during President Trump regime? what do you advise me?



Jason Dzubow November 30, 2016 at 7:51 am

The asylum system still exists, and it will be difficult to change. I imagine you could come here and seek asylum, but you may want to wait a few months (if you can) to see what he plans to do. Take care, Jason


Roomi November 28, 2016 at 6:05 pm

Hi, jason,i have read all the blogs,these are really helpfull and i really appriciate your work, my question is,that iam currently residing in Greece,and holding a Greek passport,iam planinig to move USA and work there,what is the suitable procedure for me and visa for me .


Jason Dzubow November 28, 2016 at 6:31 pm

I can only assist with asylum here. I cannot assist people coming to the US in other ways. I recommend you talk to a lawyer who helps people get visas overseas. Take care, Jason


Allen November 30, 2016 at 10:55 am

Hey! can you please share how you were able to be interviewed in such a short time? thanks!


@home November 27, 2016 at 11:30 pm

Jason ,

Information is vital , because of the info and advices that i got from this blog along with my lawyear .
I finally made it won my asylum case , Finally new journey and path in my life .

Thank you Jason , perciate you man..



Jason Dzubow November 28, 2016 at 7:40 am

Congratulations and welcome to the US. Take care, Jason


moby November 27, 2016 at 5:21 pm

hi Jason,

my wife and son just arrived in USA at asylumist family petition of YY category visa on Nov 12 2016 at New york immigration office never required their $165 on arrival my question is how long it will take for us to receive their plastic green card and when they can apply their SSN.


Jason Dzubow November 28, 2016 at 7:32 am

If they came as asylees, they will not obtain a green card; they will get a work permit. It should not take long to get that, but I am not sure about the time, and you should make sure that a case for them is pending (maybe contact USCIS – you can find the phone number on the website They can apply for a green card after one year. Take care, Jason


Ian November 22, 2016 at 11:58 pm

Hi Jason,

Thanks for the great job you are doing here.

I have pending asylum case and I need to extend my EAD for the second time now.

Is there a fee for those who will be getting the EAD for the second time or no?

Some say there is a fee for the second time and some say no.

Thanks beforehand.


Jason Dzubow November 23, 2016 at 7:37 am

There is a fee for a renewal. The form indicates the amount. You can also apply for a fee waiver, form I-912, available at However, that might delay the renewal process a bit. Take care, Jason


Ian November 23, 2016 at 3:49 pm

Thank you for your valuable response!


Bill Imus November 22, 2016 at 2:04 pm

Hello Jason,

I am new here and I do not know where to look for information about your rates/service cost for asylum seekers. I would much appreciate if you could send me your rates /fees for consultation (by phone) and preparing/handling the asylum case.

Thanks in advance,
Bill Imus


Jason Dzubow November 22, 2016 at 5:59 pm
Bill November 22, 2016 at 7:13 pm

Thank you for your quick response. Some lawyers give one hour free consultation over a phone, but some of them not. Do you provide free consultation? If not, then how much is it?
Thank you.


Jason Dzubow November 23, 2016 at 7:30 am

I provide a free consult in person for asylum seekers. Phone consults are $150. If you want to have a quick conversation, we can do that at no charge. Take care, Jason


Bill Imus November 25, 2016 at 1:05 pm

Thanks a lot!

Izoo November 21, 2016 at 8:30 pm

Hi Jason!

I cam in Usa ilegal from Albania/Europe because Communist party and their militants tried to kill me.
When I came heRe I was 20 years old. I passed the interview for fear of prosecution, got bond, and I applied for political asylum.
Now I have work permit

Is any different form or they follow different rules for my case because I came under 21?
Thank You


Jason Dzubow November 22, 2016 at 7:10 am

I expect you will follow the normal system for adults. If your case is in court, it may be possible to return it to the Asylum Office, but I am not sure about that – talk to a lawyer about the specifics of the case. Also, make sure you have filed the form I-589, you need to do that within one year of arrival whether your case is in court or with the asylum office. Take care, Jason


Moustafa November 19, 2016 at 6:25 pm

Hi Jason, I’m in the process of applying for political asylum but I’m past the one-year filing deadline; yet I’ve maintained a legal status (F-1) since I arrived in the U.S. almost 2 years ago, moreover, I still have 3 years left on my visa. My question is: is this considered an “extraordinary circumstance” and do I have to clarify on my application why I waited so long before I applied for asylum ??
Thanks in advance


Jason Dzubow November 20, 2016 at 11:33 am

The visa is not relevant, but if you have been lawfully in student status since you got here, that is considered an “exceptional circumstance” and it should excuse the one-year filing deadline (we have done that for many people). I do think it is best to explain the reason for the delay. I also recommend you talk to a lawyer about the specifics of your case, as the delay is relevant to your case, even if you do not have a problem with the one-year bar. Take care, Jason


JR November 19, 2016 at 3:58 am

Hello Mr Jason!
I and my wife are going to file for asylum. I would like to know, my child is an US citizen and 5 years old, does he require filed for asylum? 5 years ago we came and he born here then we leave. But situations are change back home and we fled and decide to file asylum.


Jason Dzubow November 20, 2016 at 11:24 am

When you file for asylum, you have to list all your children on the I-589 form. However, that child is not included in the application – he does not need asylum since he is already a US citizen. Take care, Jason


Matt November 18, 2016 at 12:45 pm

Hi, I have asylum-based permanent residency (retrogressed to 9/2015). Intending to file for marriage-based citizenship after 2.9 years of the green card date above, could a trump administration’s potential ban on immigration from “terror prone regions” (not sure if they will place my country of origin in their intended list though) preclude me from filing for citizenship?


Jason Dzubow November 18, 2016 at 5:42 pm

Possibly, but I am not quite sure how, but certainly, he could delay the process with his “extreme vetting”. Also, so you know, if you got the green card based on asylum, you are not eligible to naturalize until 5 years (really 4 years and 9 months) after the date on the GC. You can only naturalize in 3 years if you got the GC based on marriage to a US citizen. Take care, Jason


Kristiana November 18, 2016 at 4:37 am

Hi Jason we applied asylum on October 2014 after that never get desicion, denied work permit due to pending asylum so,i refused to get driving license,i have small baby he got sick and we walk 5-6 miles everyday so,we buy car and drive without license and got accident but not my fault but police said he didn’t see anything so, he can’t give the exact who has fault,, does this affected my asylum pending case.


Allen November 18, 2016 at 12:58 pm

I am not jason. I think it shouldn’t affect your case but it is likely to affect your naturalization in the future for example green card. You should be able to apply for work permit and driving licence after 150 days of filing asylum. Why you were denied? was you asylum clock stopped? You should have a lawyer.


Jason Dzubow November 18, 2016 at 5:40 pm

IF you get convicted of something, it could affect your asylum case. I do not understand why your work permit was denied. You may want to talk to a lawyer about that to see whether you can get a work permit. Take care, Jason


Kristiana November 18, 2016 at 6:52 pm

They said policeman didn’t blame anyone so, court ask to guilty for driving without licence only and we paid $500 for driving without licence we lost the car,, only me and God know how we servive without eating walking 5-6 miles,. With small baby and 110% hot weather……. God bless all asylumist .,… We have very painful story which I can’t explain…..


Kristiana November 20, 2016 at 3:15 am

I am very upset these days because of trump wants to deport everyone,, I was walking from Walmart to home it was winter and nighttime one maxican guy almost to rape me..Kick me…., I want but I never tell anyone because I am Ashlee and he was legal so, may be I will depot if I complain against him,so,I force my husband to ask some money for his friend to help and he help to buy a cheap car, But they said we can drive with international licence,I have same problems in the country too…… We always help people but fake God kick us,, God bless asylee


Edouard November 16, 2016 at 1:40 pm

It was Florida, but I think I got lucky somehow. I do not know why. However, I received only recommended approval, which means I still have the same rights and duties as asylum pending.


Edo November 17, 2016 at 2:51 pm

Thank you bro, courage!


Allen November 18, 2016 at 12:59 pm

Your rights do not change until you get final approval.


Al November 14, 2016 at 1:27 am

Hi Jason! I applied in November 2014 and got interview with asylum office in October 2016. I receive recommended approval (it says “final approval cannot be given until USCIS receives the results from investigation of your identity background…”. Can you please help to understand following issues:
1. How long it usually takes to receive final approval?
2. What can be done to speed the process?
3. Can FBI or Trump administration change decisions about my case and cancel recommended approval?
4. My EAD is about to expire at February 2017. Do you think I should apply for renewal? It is hard for my budget, honestly…Maybe I can receive my final approval early?

Thank you so much for your help!


Jason Dzubow November 14, 2016 at 7:24 am

1 – I did a post on October 25, 2016 that discusses this point, but basically, we have seen people wait for a long time, just like you. 2 – Contact the Asylum Office. You can find their contact info if you follow the link at right called Asylum Office Locator. Also, contact the USCIS Ombudsman – a link is at right. I suppose you can also file a mandamus lawsuit. But unfortunately, there is not much you can do that is effective to speed up a decision. 3 – I suppose they could, and certainly if the background check reveals a problem, they could. I suspect that this is not very likely, and you do have defenses to deportation should this occur (I did a post about that last week). 4 – I recommend you renew the EAD, since you do not know how long the final approval will take. You might want to file for a fee waiver (form I-912, available at in order to avoid paying the fee. Take care, Jason


Edouard November 15, 2016 at 4:03 pm

Dear Il,

Please in which state did you apply for asylum which took only 2 years to get interview ?
I’m asking this question because my spouse case is pending in Chicago since she got fingerprint in November 2013.


Edouard November 15, 2016 at 4:11 pm

Sorry not 2013 but November 2014, on the scheduling bulletin I don’t see any state interviewing case filled in November 2014.


mohamed November 27, 2016 at 2:44 am

pleas can you tell me when they gave you the recommended approval ?
and which office
and did you make the interview on october 2016??


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