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UPDATED May 17, 2013

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If you are an immigrant in the U.S. afraid to return to your home country due to a fear of persecution (mistreatment/abuse), you may be eligible for asylum, which would allow you to stay in the U.S. legally.

The asylum process

back to topWhat is the fee to apply for asylum?

There is no fee to apply for asylum* but there may be minor fees associated with getting a criminal background check or with obtaining other supporting documentation.**

* See USCIS website – new link
** See Public Counsel Law Center’s Asylum Manual, page 72

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back to topHow long does the asylum process take?

Usually, a decision should be made on your asylum application within 180 days after the date you filed your application.*

* 8 U.S.C. § 1158(d)(5)(A)(iii)

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