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Affirmative Asylum Applicants’ Wait for Interview Ranges from 1½ to 5 Years

USCIS has released a new bulletin that shows the expected waiting times between filing an asylum application and appearing for an interview for each office. The typical waiting time is two years, though some offices are taking longer. The long waiting periods are the result of previous backlogs, greater priorities for children and rescheduled applicants, and the conducting of reasonable and credible fear interviews. The following are current processing times by office:

Current interview wait time
Arlington, VA 29 months
Chicago, IL 19 months
Houston, TX 23 months
Los Angeles, CA 55 months
Miami, FL 34 months
Newark, NJ 32 months
New York, NY 20 months
San Francisco, CA 24 months