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Florida - Miami Asylum Office

Miami Asylum Office

 

Who Are We?

Asylum Office Director:

            Erich J. Cauller

 

Deputy Director:

            Erin Fatica

  

Service Area:

The Asylum Office in Miami has jurisdiction over the State of Florida, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the United States Virgin Islands.

 

Where Are We?

Office Location:

Street Address:

77 SE 5th Street, 3rd Floor

Miami, FL 33131

 

Mailing Address:

Miami Asylum Office

77 SE 5th Street, 3rd Floor

Miami, FL 33131

 

Visiting Our Office:

Public Hours:

Our office is open to the public from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

 

Please check the Field Office Closings page for current information on office hours.

 

DO NOT file your application for Asylum (Form I-589) at this Asylum Office.  Rather, applications for persons living in this service area should be filed at the Texas Service Center.

  

Processing times for I-589:  Within 21 days of your application being received at the Texas Service Center you will be notified of your asylum interview date. You will receive a separate appointment notice to appear at an Application Support Center for fingerprinting. Your asylum interview will be scheduled at one of several interview locations used by the Miami Asylum Office. You will be notified by mail of the address where you are to appear.  If you are interviewed at the Asylum Office, you will be asked to return approximately 14 days after your interview to receive your decision. If you are interviewed at one of the other three locations, your decision will be mailed to you. The decision will be either a referral to the Immigration Court for further consideration, or a recommended approval. If the decision is a referral to the Immigration Court, you will be informed at that time of the date, time, and place of your hearing. The entire process should take less than 180 days from the date of your filing.

 

Interpreters are not provided at interviews. You are responsible for providing your own interpreter if you do not speak English with sufficient fluency to present your claim in the interview. Unless you are an ABC class member who registered for ABC benefits, your interpreter must be at least 18 years of age and cannot be any of the following persons: your attorney or representative of record, any witness testifying on your behalf, or a representative or employee of your country of nationality. If you are an ABC registrant, your interpreter can be any person of your choosing who is competent to serve as an interpreter (no age restriction) and who is not your attorney, representative, or a witness testifying on your behalf.

 

Processing Times for I-881: You will be scheduled for fingerprinting at an Application Support Center prior to your interview.  An interview on your application will be scheduled after the FBI has processed your fingerprints. The interview will be scheduled at one of several interview locations used by the Miami Asylum Office. You will be notified by mail of the address where you are to appear.  If your application is approved, you will receive permanent resident status. If your application is not approved, your case will be referred to the Immigration Court for further consideration. If the decision is a referral to the Immigration Court, you will be informed of the date, time, and place of your hearing. If your asylum application is not adjudicated concurrently with your Form I-881, you will be informed regarding alternatives for pursuing or withdrawing your asylum application at the time this office informs you of the decision on your Form I-881.

 

Customer Feedback:

Contact:

Assistant Chief

Internal Security and Investigative Operations

USCIS, 111 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

Suite 7000

Washington, DC 20529

or email: USCIS-COMPLAINT@DHS.GOV

 

Immigration Court:

For information about a matter in an Immigration Court (administered by the United States Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review - EOIR), visit their website or call their electronic information system at 1 (800) 898-7180. This system operates in English and Spanish. You will need your A-Number to get information on your case. This telephonic information system can give you information about your: next hearing date, time and location; elapsed time and status of the clock for asylum cases; Immigration Judge decision information; case appeal information, including appeal due date, brief due date, date forwarded to the BIA, and BIA decision and decision date.

 

Legal Help:

For a list of free or reduced cost legal providers who may be able to assist you in preparing your application, please read our Legal Assistance page, see the page for the District Office serving your place of residence, or check here for local providers.

 

 

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