For foreign nationals who have been persecuted or fear they will be persecuted


  • Fear of persecution on account of your race, religion, nationality, political opinion or particular social group.
  • Asylum claims must generally be filed within one year of arrival in the United States. Later claims are for Withholding of Removal.


  • Average processing time: 3 months to two years for cases filed with the Asylum Office; 1 to 3 years for cases in Immigration Court.

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