hi there i applied for asylum and well unfortunately got referred to immigration judge. i got a notice that stated the most earlier i could apply for ead was 1/20/2011, so applied for ead on 1/21/2011. note that i didn't pay for ead as i was applying under (C)(8) because i looked it on uscis and said i didn't have to pay. anyways my question is
1. even tho uscis site stated i didn't have to pay, is it really true?
2. when i filed for ead it was past 150 days as required by uscis, but since my initial hearing is on feb2, does it matter i mean i applied for ead before i even appeared in front of ij will that affect on my ead application?
3. i am planning to go to my initial hearing on Feb 2 w/o attorney and hoping to ask for extension or hopefully the judge will give me some time as i really dont have money for a lawyer so was hoping if i get my ead and work i can save some money and hire a lawyer before my master hearing. So how does my plan sound is it possible?
any help is really appreciated.
Thank you in advance