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How long does the asylum process take?

On Behalf of | Oct 1, 2018 | asylum

If you are filing for asylum in the United States, one of your top concerns may be how long the process will take. If you are living in Kentucky, you may be using a field office, which is one of the factors that can affect how much time it takes to get to your application. Find about that that and the other factors that can influence the timeframe.

According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the application process can take 180 days or longer. The USCIS has a schedule that it follows to ensure the process runs smooth and you get your determination as quickly as possible.

In addition, there are many details that can affect how long the process takes. This includes the number of people filing for asylum at one time. If the office is flooded with applications, it will slow things down and you may wait longer than usual. It also depends on other immigration concerns occurring when you apply. If you are applying at a field office, you should be aware that they will only hold interviews when personnel are available to go to the location.

With that in mind, the Immigration and Nationality Act guarantees that you will at least have your initial interview within 45 days of filing your application. After that, the USCIS will handle your case based on priority. Priority is ranked in three categories. First priority goes to anyone who had a prior interview rescheduled. Second priority is for applications that are 21 days or less. Lowest priority is for all other applications and starts with the newest. This information is for education only and is not intended to be legal advice.