Interview Scheduling at the Chicago Asylum Office
Based on NIJC's experience and reports from pro bono attorneys, it appears that the Chicago Asylum Office is currently scheduling interviews for adult applicants who filed as recently as October 2015. Attorneys representing unaccompanied immigrant children have been receiving interview notices as soon as three months after the asylum application was filed. To learn the interview scheduling timeline for the Chicago Asylum Office, NIJC pro bono attorneys can always email their NIJC point-of-contact or check the USCIS Asylum Office Scheduling Bulletin (for adult applicants) here. Please be aware, however, that the scheduling bulletin is often not up-to-date.
Please note that asylum office interview notices are only mailed out approximately two weeks prior to the interview date and that all supporting documentation should be received by the Chicago Asylum Office on the Thursday of the week before the interview. This means that by the time the attorney receives the interview notice, she will only have about one week to finalize all supporting documents.
NIJC strongly encourages all attorneys with affirmative asylum clients who filed for asylum at any point in 2015 to finalize their supporting documents now. NIJC generally discourages attorneys from seeking to reschedule an asylum interview because current delays mean that the rescheduled interview may not occur for many months, or in some cases, years.
A check-list of the documents that should be submitted in support of an affirmative (asylum office) asylum application can be found in NIJC’s asylum manual, located here.