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  • July 11, 2017
    Based on NIJC's experience and reports from pro bono attorneys, it appears that the Chicago Asylum Office is currently scheduling interviews for adult applicants who filed as recently as March 2015 and unaccompanied child applicants who filed as recently as April 2017.  Please see NIJC's previous…
  • June 30, 2017
    USCIS has announced that it has recently updated the Form I-589 asylum application, which can be found here.  Starting 8/28/2017, USCIS will only accept the 05/16/17 edition.  If you anticipate filing an asylum application around this date, NIJC recommends that you utilize the new version of the…
  • June 1, 2017
    Based on NIJC's experience and reports from pro bono attorneys, it appears that the Chicago Asylum Office is currently scheduling interviews for adult applicants who filed as recently as January 2015 and unaccompanied child applicants who filed as recently as January-February 2017.  However, some…
  • May 22, 2017
    Interview Scheduling at the Chicago Asylum Office In recent months, interview scheduling at the Chicago Asylum Office has slightly sped up.  At present, the Chicago Asylum Office is scheduling interviews for unaccompanied immigrant children approximately five months after their asylum application…
  • January 7, 2017
    All NIJC pro bono attorneys should be aware that USCIS recently published new versions of most immigration forms.  Starting February 21, 2017, USCIS will only accept the new versions of these forms.  In addition, USCIS has raised many of its fees, effective December 23, 2016.  Most significant for…
  • July 8, 2016
    The Chicago Immigration Court has announced that effective August 15, 2016, the hours for the filing window at the Chicago Immigration Court will change from 8:30 - 4:30 to 8:30 - 4:00. 
  • The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently changed the fingerprint procedure for non-citizens in removal proceedings before an immigration judge.  Please click here for more information about this new policy.  If you are a pro bono attorney representing an asylum seeker before…
  • The zip code for the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) clerk's office has returned to 22041.  The current address for the BIA clerk's office is below.  If attorneys encounter filing delays due to problems related to the zip code changes, they should contact the clerk's office and file a…
  • On October 1, 2015, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) published a Final Rule, Separate Representation for Custody and Bond Proceedings, effective December 7, 2015. Under this final rule, EOIR amended the Form EOIR-28 to require a representative to indicate if he or she is entering…
  • USCIS has extended of the grace period for using the prior version of form G-28 until May 15, 2015.  Despite this extension, NIJC strongly recommends that pro bono attorneys begin to use the new form now. Beginning Monday, May 18, 2015, USCIS will not accept earlier versions of the G-28…