First of all thank you for reading this. I came to US on 3rd October 2014 on B1 business visa of 3 months and extended to 6 months by IO on Port of Entry. I was a translator with US Marines in Afghanistan 2011-2012 and was facing prosecution because of my work so I had to run away from there. Anyone who has worked with US forces for one year qualify for Special Immigration Visa and can come to US but that process takes 1-2 years. I never applied for that because I had to support my family and I couldn't leave them, being the only provider. In 2013, I was kidnapped by the taliban and was to be killed but fortunately my family paid ransom and I was released. Later, we moved to different part in afghanistan to get away but i will still getting blocked phone calls and threat letters being dropped off at my home to kill me. I decided I couldn't live there and came here.
Here are my case details:
3rd February 2015 Applied for asylum
9th February 2015 Asylum application received by San Francisco asylum office
17 February 2015 Mail received for biometrics
20 February 2015 Biometrics
No news since then. Every lawyer I have visited told me that I have legitimate case but looking at experience of past asylum applicants, I am starting to lose hope. I am in poor financial position and no job. Whatever money I had in with me, I paid the lawyer to help me with my case but now I think he ripped me off because a week ago I email to find out about my case. He told me that starting 8th July 2015, my 150 days will be completed and I can apply for EAD and for that I should make appointment to sign another contract so we can work on getting me a 'work permit'. I looked myself and it is only a one page form.
Now, my question is that:
1) Is there anyone familiar with these types of cases?
2) How much time do these type of case take?
3) What should I do?
PS) Since I have been here, my family had to leave afghanistan because of the threats. They were going to Europe by road, i haven't heard from them in 4 days. Last, they were in greece. My grand father was shot dead a month ago.