How to Apply for Asylum
The asylum process can take anywhere from 6 months to several years, depending on your situation. If you just arrived in the U.S. and want to apply, below are the steps you should take:
- Within your first year of arrival to the U.S., complete and submit Form I-589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal.
Receive 2 notices from USCIS:
- Acknowledgment of receiving your application
- Notice to visit an application support center (ASC) to schedule your fingerprinting.
- Attend the fingerprinting and background/security check appointment.
- Receive notice for an interview with an asylum officer.
- Complete the interview. You may bring an attorney with you. If you cannot do the interview in English, you must bring an interpreter.
- An asylum officer determines if you are eligible to apply for asylum.
- A supervisory asylum officer reviews the decision.
- Receive a decision -- either return to the asylum office after 2 weeks to pick up the decision or receive it in the mail.
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