Two Best Ways to Speed Up a Delayed Asylum Interview
Backlogs at the Miami Asylum Office, New York Asylum Office and other asylum offices throughout the country are taking years from application to interview. Florida immigration expert Elizabeth Blandon explains two best ways to get your interview faster than others.
Expedite Request: Please and Thank YouWhen we speed up an interview for an asylum applicant, our first step is to send an expedite request to the US Citizenship and Immigration Service. They have criteria for the kind of cases they will willingly speed up. Of course, it is a good idea to attach documents to prove the urgency and keep a copy of everything sent.
Lawsuit: See You in CourtAll persons in the United States have rights. Foreigners can sue the government if it is not meeting its obligations, such as an interview within a reasonable time. These lawsuits take several months, including demand letters, filing the lawsuit and negotiating with the lawyer that represents immigration.
It is important to understand that winning means your asylum interview will be taken quickly. Thus, I only recommend that persons with solid cases try to get a fast interview.
Legal FeesThere are moderate legal fees for an expedite request and more significant legal fees for filing a lawsuit.
Different lawyers charge different amounts based on their experience. For example, an attorney who has never filed a federal lawsuit and does not research federal law should charge much less than an attorney with decades of experience filing federal lawsuits. Knowledge matters and -- as with any experience -- you get what you pay for.