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Frequently asked questions about asylum

For those seeking asylum in the U.S., the process often seems long and arduous. Having the right knowledge is key in this case, as being prepared will increase your chance of being accepted into this country. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services offers the following information in this case, which can help set you on the right path towards your new life.

Can my spouse and children also seek asylum?

If your family is already within the U.S. they can be included in your application. With children, they must be under the age of 21 and unmarried, or they must file their own applications. Your family can accompany you to the asylum interview and if the status is granted you will be able to remain in the United States. 

Do I need my own interpreter?

All those seeking asylum must bring their own interpreters to the interview. When choosing an interpreter, make sure the person is fluent in the language you speak as well as English. Also, your interpreter can’t be your lawyer, any witnesses that will be present at your hearing, or a representative of your country of origin.

How long will the decision take?

A decision is usually made within 180 days after your hearing takes place. In terms of priority, your case will be ranked first, second, or third. First priority are those applicants whose interviews were rescheduled. Second priority is for applicants who’ve been waiting 21 days or less for their interview, and third priority consists of all remaining applications. Circumstances can affect the speed in which applications are processed, so your timeline may differ.   

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