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  • October 23, 2017
    Interview Scheduling at the Chicago Asylum Office 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 August-September 2015.  Attorneys representing unaccompanied…
  • September 11, 2017
    On September 11, 2017, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) began using a new e-service filing system.  As of September 12, 2017, the previously used opla-chi-eservice@ice.dhs.gov and the chicagooccfilings@ice.dhs.gov email addresses will be discontinued.  Any…
  • July 28, 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-April 2015.  Attorneys representing unaccompanied immigrant children have been receiving interview…
  • 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…