Asylum claims are very complicated at times, as you may imagine. In order to have a better understanding of your legal and immigration options at the very least consult with a professional immigration attorney in New York to avoid potentially costly irreversible mistakes in your case submissions.
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I get the feeling that you think 4 months is a long time to wait for an appointment ... it isn't
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Asylum interviews are usually scheduled within two months of receipt of the application. The New York Asylum Office, however, currently has a substantial backlog, so it often takes much longer to get an interview scheduled. As noted by other attorneys, the delay does not indicate anything about the merits of your case. It may be possible to have your case transferred to the Newark Asylum Office, where there is less of a backlog, but I would not recommend requesting a transfer without the assistance of an attorney.
Also, you may be eligible for employment authorization once your case has been pending for 180 days.
You should consider consulting an attorney as soon as possible, in advance of your asylum interview. The approval rate for asylum applicants represented by counsel is much higher than for unrepresented applicants.
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