Asylum in the US - Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take for the USCIS to make a decision on an Asylum application?
The USCIS aims to make a decision on your asylum application within 180 days. During this time, you will be required to have your fingerprints taken and attend an interview at one of the eight asylum offices.

Will my spouse and children be able to join me in the United States?
Yes. Your spouse and unmarried children under 21 years of age may be able to obtain derivative asylum status. You may ask to have them included in your asylum decision if they are in the United States; or if you are granted asylum, you can petition to bring them to the US. (This must be done within 2 years of you being granted asylum).

Can children under the age of 18 (minors) apply for asylum by themselves?
Yes. You may apply for asylum as a minor if you are under 18 years of age and want to have your own case separate from your parents or spouse. You may also apply for asylum as an unaccompanied minor if you are under 18 years of age; have no parent or legal guardian in the US that can provide care or custody; or were separated from your parent or legal guardian.

Do I need to be in the United States to start the process?
No. The Law Offices of Suzanne E. Vazquez in Orlando can correspond with you via Skype, email, telephone, etc. Contact us to arrange a consultation.

Contact our Board Certified Immigration Attorney in Florida for your Asylum Application

If you are considering applying for asylum in the U.S. contact Suzanne E. Vazquez today! Florida immigration attorney Suzanne Vazquez is certified as an expert in Immigration and Nationality Law by the FL Bar. Call us at (407) 674-6968 during office hours or fill out the online form provided on this page and we will call you right back. You may also call us at 813-400-0055 to make an appointment at our Tampa location. If you have an emergency after office hours please call or text us at (407) 925-2554 and we will contact you shortly.


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