USCIS recently posted a notice listing steps it will take to respond to increased caseloads. This includes increasing staff levels and re-prioritizing applications for the scheduling of interviews. In the notice USCIS states that on December 26, 2014, the USCIS Asylum Division began prioritizing asylum applications for interview scheduling as follows:

  1. Applications that were scheduled for an interview, but the applicant requested a new date for the interview
  2. Applications filed by children
  3. All other pending affirmative asylum applications will be scheduled for interviews in the order in which they were received with oldest cases scheduled first