I am activist in my country threatened often
Yes you are allowed to remain in the US while your application is pending. You should consider consulting an experienced immigration attorney to review your case before you are called for an interview. The attorney may be able to identify additional evidence that can be submitted and can represent you at the interview. I would be happy to help.
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Yes, you may remain until a decision is made on your case, though you are not in any actual immigration status. I agree with my colleague, that it would be a very good idea to discuss your case with an immigration attorney. Asylum cases are procedurally and substantively complex, and a good attorney can make all the difference.
You can remain in the USA until a decision on your asylum petition is made.
Yes, you can remain in the U.S. and you shouldn't leave (especially not to your home country) until there is a decision on your application. If it has been 150 days since your application was received, you may apply for a work permit. You may be well-advised to consult with an experienced immigration attorney before your interview. Good luck!
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As long as your application is not frivolous, from the time you filed it and during the time it's pending, you are authorized to stay in the US, and you do not accumulate unlawful presence.
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Filing for asylum does not give you any status. However departing the U.S. would abandon your application.
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