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How Long Does It Take to Get Asylum in the US?

Getting asylum in the United States can be a long process, but knowing exactly how long is difficult. Affirmative asylum cases have a different timeline than defensive asylum cases, but how on does it usually take for someone to get asylum? UPDATE: As of February 2018, USCIS is now scheduling asylum interview based on a last-come first-out basis. The policy change reflects the Trump administration immigration policy of “Buy American – Hire American” on asylum applicants who apply just for the work permit exploiting the delay that was in effect before this policy change. You should expect an interview anywhere between 30 to 60 days from the date USCIS receives your application for asylum. Deadlines Set by USCIS There are legal guidelines for how long the asylum process should take through USCIS. These are set up by the Immigration and...

Common Asylum Interview Questions and How to Prepare

Everyone who applies for asylum in the United States must go through an interview process. This is true for both affirmative and defensive asylum applications. The asylum interview is one of the most important parts of the entire process, and it can determine whether or not you have a viable claim to asylee status. What Will Be Asked at the Asylum Interview? There are two parts to the interview. During the first part, you’ll be asked to take an oath in which you promise to only tell the truth. You’ll then be asked if you want to make any corrections in your form I-589 application for asylum or withholding of removal. You may make any necessary corrections to the form, which you should review before the interview to double-check for accuracy. The first part of the interview is simply administrative, while the second part is the bulk of the interview. During...