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  • November 28, 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 October 2015.  Attorneys representing unaccompanied immigrant…
  • October 25, 2017
    Chicago Immigration Judge Virginia Perez-Guzman is transferring from Chicago to the Dallas Immigration Court. Her last hearing day at the Chicago Immigration Court is Wednesday, October 25, 2017.   IJ Eva Saltzman will take over IJ Perez-Guzman's non-detained docket in full on November 1, 2017 and…
  • October 25, 2017
      U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently published a new Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, for individuals seeking an employment authorization document (EAD).  The old form, dated 01/17/17, can only be used until 12/03/2017.  Starting 12/04/17, USCIS will only…
  • 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…