Is USCIS becoming more exact in making you wait?

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013
By: Jonathan MontagJ.D.

It may be anticipation that makes you wait in the song (and ketchup commercial), but in real life it is USCIS that makes you wait. A trip to the Asylum Office in Anaheim, California, can mean reporting for a 6:30 a.m. interview and being called into the interview at 10 a.m. — or later, which is a long time to sit in a waiting room after setting out for the appointment at 4:30 a.m. It made me wonder whether we could apply for asylum based on persecution by the Asylum Office.

Today, a USCIS interview in Chula Vista, California, one of the two San Diego County immigration offices in the city where I work, scheduled for 8:05 a.m., which is kind or early, resulted in being called in to the interview at 9 a.m., which was not that unexpected or unusual (and not worthy of a blog posting). The comedy of it is that the appointment was at 8:05 a.m., as if these appointments are scheduled with such exactitude because USCIS is holding to its schedule so tightly, like Mussolini’s proverbial trains. Note, not 8:00 a.m. or 8:15 a.m., but 8:05 a.m. Still, not very blog-worthy. The kicker was that I came back to my office from the 8:05 a.m. appointment and looked at the mail. I received an appointment notice for next month for 3:57 p.m. — a super specific time. I wonder if this means my client and I will be called in to the interview at 4:52 p.m. Posted May 1, 2013


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