Lawmakers call for inquiry of office handling asylum cases
Review of New England asylum cases. Congressional leaders in New England are requesting a federal investigation of the low approval rate by the region’s asylum office. The Boston asylum office approved 15.5% of cases between 2015 and 2020, the country’s second lowest rate. Democratic lawmakers from Massachusetts and Maine sent a letter Thursday requesting review of New England asylum cases, which processes claims for refugees in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Maine. If you have an asylum application pending with us, you can check the status of your application at Case Status Online. You will need the receipt number that we provided you after you filed your application. You will have a pending asylee status if you’ve applied for asylum and are waiting for a decision on your application. If you have pending asylee status, you are no longer unlawfully present in the U.S. Having this status means you are authorized to stay in the U.S., pending the outcome of your application.