On December 26, 2014, the USCIS Asylum Division began prioritizing asylum applications for interview scheduling as follows:
- First, applications that were scheduled for an interview, but the applicant requested a new interview date;
- Second, applications filed by children; and
- Third, all other pending affirmative asylum applications will be scheduled for interviews in the order they were received, with oldest cases scheduled first.
The new priority policy means newly filed asylum applications may be delayed for interview for very long time, possibly over 6-12 months.
The good news is that after 5 months of filing the applicant can apply for employment card(EAD).