Examples & Questions

Call for Examples of Bona Fide Determination Findings Made Ahead of Schedule

11/20/23 AILA Doc. No. 23112011. Asylum

National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, and Winston & Strawn are preparing a class action complaint about Bona Fide Determination (BFD) delays.

NIJC is collecting case examples of situations in which people have received BFDs well ahead of schedule (i.e., long before 54-60 months have passed) without having either made an expedite request to USCIS or threatened/filed litigation. They do not need any client-identifying information; simply knowing if—and in what general circumstances—this happens would be very helpful in drafting the complaint.

If you’ve seen this happen with any of your clients, could you please email Richard Caldarone at rcaldarone@heartlandalliance.org with (1) the month and year of filing; (2) the number of months before the BFD; and (3) any guess you might have as to why the particular BFD was made much more quickly than others.