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  • News: USCIS Affirmative Asylum Scheduling Bulletin (4/25/16)

    Affirmative Asylum Scheduling Bulletin

    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.

    Asylum Office Directors have the discretion to consider applicants’ requests for urgent interview scheduling outside of the above prioritization categories on a case-by-case basis.  Please submit any urgent interview scheduling requests in writing to the asylum office with jurisdiction over your case.  Go to the USCIS Service and Office locator page for contact 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

    March 2016

    October 2013

    February 2016

    September 2013

    January 2016

    September 2013

    Chicago, IL

    March 2016

    August 2013

    February 2016

    June 2013

    January 2016

    May 2013

    Houston, TX

    March 2016

    April – May 2014

    February 2016

    April – May 2014

    January 2016

    April – May 2014

    Los Angeles, CA

    March 2016

    August 2011

    February 2016

    August 2011

    January 2016

    August 2011

    Miami, FL

    March 2016

    May 2013

    February 2016

    May 2013

    January 2016

    May 2013

    Newark, NJ

    March 2016

    July 2013

    February 2016

    July 2013

    January 2016

    June 2013

    New York, NY

    March 2016

    July – August 2014

    February 2016

    July 2014

    January 2016

    June 2014

    San Francisco, CA

    March 2016

    March 2014

    February 2016

    February 2014

    January 2016

    January 2014

    Note:  Offices that do not appear to be progressing by filing date (in category 3) may have diverted resources to credible and reasonable fear interviews, or be experiencing high volumes in the first two affirmative priority categories, or may have large numbers of pending category 3 cases with filing dates from that particular month.

    Last Reviewed/Updated: 04/25/2016
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