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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Contact your immigration attorney to follow up for you. If you dont have an attorney, you should get one to prepare you correctly. Everything you say at the interview will be recorded and it is really important to be accurate.