This Bulletin explains how the Asylum Division has prioritized the adjudication of affirmative applications for asylum.  On December 26, 2014, we began prioritizing asylum applications for interview scheduling as follows:

1.) Applications that were scheduled for an interview, but the interview had to be rescheduled at the applicant’s request or the needs of USCIS;

2.) Applications filed by children; and

3.) All other pending affirmative asylum applications in the order they were received, with oldest cases scheduled first.

Generally, applicants in the first and second categories are scheduled promptly.

The table below lists how the asylum offices are currently scheduling asylum interviews for applications pending in the third category.  It provides the filing dates (month and year) of most asylum applications scheduled for local interviews during that particular month.  We have created this system to provide applicants in the third category an estimate for when they might expect their interview to be scheduled.  The approximations provided in the table are based on interviews scheduled during the listed month and future movement will be determined by each office’s caseload and resources.   For example, in June 2015, the Arlington Asylum Office conducted interviews for applications filed in August 2013.  It currently does not include asylum interviews occurring outside of the eight asylum offices or the Boston sub-office (e.g. interviews occurring on circuit rides).  Asylum offices schedule circuit ride interviews as resources permit.  Please contact the asylum office with jurisdiction over your case for more detailed information. 

Please Note: The table does not include interviews for Form I-881, Application for Suspension of Deportation or Special Rule Cancellation of Removal (Pursuant to Section 203 of Public Law 105-100 (NACARA).

Interview Schedule for Affirmative Asylum Applicants in Category 3

This chart will be updated monthly.  Please check back for updated information.

If you live under
the jurisdiction of…

We scheduled
interviews in…

For people
who filed in…

Arlington, VA

September 2015

August 2013

August 2015

August 2013

July 2015

August 2013

June 2015

August 2013

May 2015

July 2013

April 2015

June-July 2013

Chicago, IL*

September 2015

May 2013

August 2015

May 2013

July 2015

May 2013

June 2015

May 2013

May 2015

May 2013

April 2015

May 2013

Houston, TX*

September 2015

April – May 2014

August 2015

April 2014

July 2015

April 2014

June 2015

April 2014

May 2015

April 2014

April 2015

March-April 2014

Los Angeles, CA*

September 2015

August 2011

August 2015

August 2011

July 2015

August 2011

June 2015

August 2011

May 2015

August 2011

April 2015

August 2011

Miami, FL*

September 2015

February 2013

August 2015

February 2013

July 2015

February 2013

June 2015

February 2013

May 2015

February 2013

April 2015

February 2013

Newark, NJ

September 2015

May - June 2013

August 2015

May - June 2013

July 2015

April 2013

June 2015

April 2013

May 2015

March 2013

April 2015

December 2012

New York, NY

September 2015

February 2014

August 2015

November 2013

July 2015

June-July 2013

June 2015

May-June 2013

May 2015

April 2013

April 2015

January 2013

San Francisco, CA

September 2015

August – September 2013

August 2015

August 2013

July 2015

July 2013

June 2015

July 2013

May 2015

June 2013

April 2015

May 2013

 

* Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and Miami have been scheduling interviews in the first two categories due to high volumes in those categories as well as in the credible and reasonable fear caseloads.