One of the questions I receive most often from my clients is when will they be scheduled for their asylum interview. The asylum interview is a critical event in their application, as the asylum case cannot be approved without first having a successful interview with the USCIS asylum Officer assigned to their case.
Therefore it can be very helpful to know what date the USCIS asylum office in your jurisdiction is working on so that you can know when to expect your interview to be scheduled. The list of interview scheduling dates can be found at this link: www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/refugees-asylum/asylum/affirmative-asylum-scheduling-bulletin. Please note that if this link does not work, the list can be found on the USCIS.gov website and is entitled Affirmative Asylum Scheduling Bulletin.
For the Florida applicants, our asylum office is headquartered in Miami, FL. The Miami asylum office was currently scheduling interviews in July 2016 for cases that were affirmatively filed in May 2013. This is a long wait, and therefore applicants should apply for an employment authorization card after 150 days of the initial filing of their application. With this employment authorization card, they can also apply for and receive a social security number and driver’s license.
The list noted above also includes other asylum offices located throughout the U.S., and so please check the list if you do not reside in Florida. Please note that asylum applications filed by children and those whose interview was rescheduled are not subjected to this lengthy waiting period noted above, according to USCIS.
As you may already be aware, asylum law has many complex rules and regulations, and therefore it is good advice to seek counsel when preparing and filing your asylum application.
This Article does Not constitute Legal Advice and does Not create an attorney / client relationship. You are advised to seek legal advice based on your own particular facts and documents.