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Justice Department Proposes 15-Day Asylum Application Deadline

Asylum seekers typically have a year to apply for the status, but a new DOJ proposal would give them just 15 days after their first immigration court appearance

Max Siegelbaum

Sep 23, 2020

EOIR, Immigration Court, El Paso, Texas

Most asylum seekers currently have a year to apply for asylum before they lose the ability to do so. A new draft regulation from the Justice Department will seek to set a new deadline for applying for asylum: 15 days from an immigrant’s first court hearing. Asylum seekers often first apply for asylum with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. If they are denied, they are referred to the immigration court. There, they can apply for asylum directly with an immigration judge, which is where the new deadline would kick in. Applying for asylum is a complex process that requires the collection and translation of documents from around the world. Many asylum seekers struggle to even find a lawyer. The Executive Office for Immigration Review via the Federal Register

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