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Asylum Interview Scheduling Time Frame for the State of Florida

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.

Extension of TPS for Syrians has been Issued

TPS for nationals of Syria has been redesignated effective August 1, 2016. TPS stands for Temporary Protected Status, and approval of an applicant’s TPS petition will result in employment authorization issued for an 18-month period.

For individuals who already have TPS issued on their behalf and need to extend their TPS status, they must send in their extension paperwork during a 60 day period running from August 1, 2016 until September 30, 2016. Please note that your TPS extension petition must be RECEIVED and properly filed before or on September 30, 2016. USCIS’s Memo regarding this matter encourages applicants to file as soon as possible after August 1, 2016.

For those whose TPS is extended, their new legal status and employment card will be issued until March 31, 2018. They can also apply for and obtain a social security number by presenting their employment card and other identity documents to their local Social Security Administration Office.

If you are a national of Syria and do not currently have TPS, you may still qualify for this protected status. Nationals of Syria and those of unknown nationality who last resided in Syria habitually can still obtain TPS and you may call our office or call USCIS to see if you qualify for TPS. Please note that deadlines apply, and so I urge you to take care of this matter as soon as possible to avoid losing eligibility to apply as a first time applicant for TPS from Syria.

Please note that 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.