YOu can apply but you will not get it until the 180 reached.
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Being where you are and where you applied for asylum you risk waiting for a decision until "the cows come home".. -(they never actually do, that's why they place bells on their necks..) You have to put an attorney on this case, if you haven't done it already. I suggest you contact the school's DSO and explain your situation and ask if they can admit you now. After all, even if your affirmative asylum application is denied at the asylum office level (most of them are), you'll be placed in removal proceedings in immigration court as soon as your F-2 status expires, not before. USCIS will not "refer" you to immigration court while you are still in valid F-2 status. Speak to a local immigration lawyer.
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With an EAD, you can attend a university.
(213) 394-4554 x0 Mr. Shusterman is a former INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) with over 35 years of immigration experience. His response to your question is general in nature, as not all the facts are known to him. You should retain an attorney experienced in immigration law to review all the facts in your case in order to receive advice specific to your case. Mr. Shusterman's statement above does not create an attorney/client relationship.