What did your lawyer give you as answers to your questions? DId you ask him? He would be a good address to pose these quesiton.
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There is no typical timeframe for the processing of asylum applications. Once you request the interview be rescheduled, you are essentially put on the side until a space becomes available for you. You are waiting behind all the cases that have been filed after you. There is not a lot you can do besides requesting an interview be scheduled.
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There is not really a set timeframe for something like this, but 8 months is too long. Making an Infopass appointment in LA or SF might yield some insight as to whether the case has been transferred and when the interview might be coming.