approved pending asylum application
After waiting patiently for over 6 years for a decision on his approved pending asylum application (I-589), Lebanese client decided he could no longer live in limbo and therefore, retained our office to force immigration to schedule his interview by filing a Writ of Mandamus in Federal District Court. USCIS is seeing an increase in the submission of paper-filed affirmative asylum applications that we must reject because they are incomplete or improperly filed. Effective May 31, 2023, they updated the filing location for certain affirmative asylum applications submitted by mail. They expect this change to help streamline asylum processing and improve adjudication efficiency by digitizing paper filings. However, they will accept forms filed at service centers until they publish a Federal Register notice finalizing this change. On Sept. 30, 2021, the president signed the Extending Government Funding and Delivering Emergency Assistance Act.