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  • News: USCIS Affirmative Asylum Scheduling Bulletin (8/5/16)

    Affirmative Asylum Scheduling Bulletin

    This bulletin explains how the Asylum Division prioritizes 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 may consider applicants’ requests for urgent interview scheduling outside of the 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

    July 2016

    January 2014

    June 2016

    January 2014

    May 2016

    January 2014

    Chicago, IL

    July 2016

    October 2013

    June 2016

    October 2013

    May 2016

    October 2013

    Houston, TX

    July 2016

    April – May 2014

    June 2016

    April – May 2014

    May 2016

    April – May 2014

    Los Angeles, CA

    July 2016

    August 2011

    June 2016

    August 2011

    May 2016

    August 2011

    Miami, FL

    July 2016

    May 2013

    June 2016

    May 2013

    May 2016

    May 2013

    Newark, NJ

    July 2016

    July 2013

    June 2016

    July 2013

    May 2016

    July 2013

    New York, NY

    July 2016

    September 2014

    June 2016

    September 2014

    May 2016

    August 2014

    San Francisco, CA

    July 2016

    July 2014

    June 2016

    July 2014

    May 2016

    July 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, 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: 08/05/2016
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