When we have filed an appeal with the Immigration Appeal Division (IAD), we must wait for the registry to schedule a hearing date. It is quite common that a hearing can be scheduled 1-2 years later. It all depends on the backlog of the cases at the IAD. There are no priorities with respect to files and your case will be scheduled according to your spot in the queue. Although there are hearings almost every day at the IAD, there are hundreds of cases which need to be scheduled and only a certain number of Board Members.
If your case has not been scheduled yet, do not worry as this is quite common. Our office regularly follows up with the IAD to ensure that your file is still in the queue. Unfortunately, we cannot request expedited hearings given the already crowded system.
It is very stressful and tiring to wait for a hearing date as you and your spouse continue to be separated. Our advice to our clients is to view this process as a long-term investment for your couple and know that once the hearing has been scheduled, proper preparation and documentation will lead to the successful finalization of your appeal.
If you have an appeal in process and require information, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.