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January 29, 2019

How long does the asylum process take?

According to the law, a decision should be made on your asylum application within 180 days after the date you filed your application.1 However, the process often takes much longer. The American Immigration Council reports that people who were granted asylum in March 2018 waited 1,000 days (on average) from the time they applied for asylum until they received the immigration court’s decision.2

1 8 U.S.C. § 1158(d)(5)(A)(iii)
2 See Asylum in the United States, American Immigration Council (May 14, 2018)