I applied in June 2012. Did finger print one month later. And no call for interview yet.
The two offices that serve NYC arrea had some difficult times. as a result some people ended up in a limbo and are waiting longer than usually. Hiring an immigration attorney would be a good idea. But then, it is a must if you are t have a chance in getting a positive result on an asylum claim.
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I agree. Immigration attorney can help a lot. For instance, they can contact an asylum office; use liaison service with their professional organization, write a letter of inquiry and in extreme situation, even bring in a legal action to force them schedule an interview.
I agree with my colleagues:
1. It can take a long time
2. You should meet with a lawyer .. a very small percent of asylum applicants that don't have lawyers are successful.
Hopefully you've gotten your work permit by now.
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Asylum is one area where I cannot envisage being successful without a lawyer. The odds of that are staggering.
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Consulting with an attorney will be useful.
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Do consult with an experienced Immigration Attoeney.
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