Tag Archives: Asylum Application

Affirmative Asylum Backlog Explained

What is the affirmative aslyum backlog? USCIS currently has a backlog of affirmative asylum applications that have been filed and are awaiting interviews with USCIS asylum offices nationwide. Currently, there are around 40,000 cases in this backlog and that number continues to increase. 28,000 of those cases were filed in 2013 and USCIS Asylum Headquarters […]

H1-B, Work Visa, US Visa, Work Permit, Layoffs

Form I-765 Processing Times for Asylum Applicants

Recently, our Los Angeles immigration attorneys have received reports from other U.S. immigration lawyers of Form I-765, Employment Authorization applicants for asylum applicants falling outside of the processing times posted online for the National Benefits Center (NBC). We reached out to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and asked about the adjudication time frame […]

Asylum Clock Class Action Settlement FAQs

Asylum applicants and U.S. Immigration attorneys frequently experience problems across the country with the “asylum clock” – a clock which measures the 150 day period after an applicant files for asylum before the applicant can apply for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) These problems include a lack of clear guidance about how immigration agencies – […]

Temporary Protected Status, TPS, Haitians, Nonimmigrant, F-1, F-1 Visa, US Visa, Immigration Services

Telephonic Interviews in Negative Credible Fear Determinations

Under current credible fear procedures, Asylum Office Directors are authorized to exercise their discretion to choose the mode of interview 0 in person, telephonic, or VTEL -after considering a number of factors. If the telephonic mode is chosen, however, current procedures require the APSO to terminate the telephonic interview and conduct an interview in person […]

Guatemalan Massacre Survivor Wins Political Asylum in United States

U.S. immigration authorities have granted political asylum to Oscar Ramírez Castañeda, an illegal immigrant from Guatemala who learned only last year that he was a survivor of a civil war massacre of 250 villagers in 1982. Ramírez, a 33-year-old father of four who lives near Boston, received a letter Saturday from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration […]

Asylum Request Needs Showing of Systematic Persecution

Sometimes, credibility of testimony isn’t the only bar to a claim of asylum. The history of persecution of a group can be an important factor in determining whether a petition against removal can stand. The First Circuit Court of Appeals looked at one such asylum case earlier this week and ruled in favor of deportation […]

Indonesian Gay Man Seeking Asylum in United States

Los Angeles, CA—2.16.2011 Anton Tanumihardja, of Philadelphia, has just received a stay on his deportation proceedings after being told he had his asylum claim denied and would have to return to his native Indonesia. Anton, who is openly gay here in the United States, fears that he will be persecuted for his homosexuality in Indonesia […]