Thousands of people come to the United States every year seeking refuge from the harm they might suffer in their home country. The following is a summary of publicly-available statistics that Blandon Law attorneys review prior to filing a case on behalf of a client:
Which Office is Busiest?
In years past, applicants would have a decision in their case within six months of applying for asylum. This is no longer the case. Due to the large number of individuals claiming asylum, the wait time has significantly increased. In fact, there were close to 41,000 asylum cases pending with Immigration at the end of January, 2014. Applicants living in Los Angeles and New York should know that while these Asylum Offices have the highest approval rates in the country, they also experienced a surge in the number of applications they are receiving. This, regrettably, results in delays.
Who Should Apply for Asylum?
Approval rates depending on nationality change on a yearly basis, usually depending on the worsening conditions in that country. For example, Iraqi nationals in recent years had asylum approval rates in the seventieth percentile. For fiscal year 2014, the approval rate is 89%. This is extremely high. Iraqi nationals with a valid claim to asylum should talk to an immigration expert about applying immediately.
Where to Apply for Asylum?
There are certain areas of the country that have higher approval rates than others. Applicants should take this into consideration if they have the luxury of deciding where they will move after arriving in the United States. The statistics available for eight Asylum Offices (see link below) indicate the number of cases processed, as well as the number of cases approved. These include Arlington, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, New York and San Francisco.
Consult an Immigration Expert.
For a more detailed breakdown of the asylum statistics in a specific area, please click on the link below. Although the author is a Board-certified immigration expert, this guide is intended as general information and not specific legal advice. This communication does not create an attorney-client relationship. Schedule a consultation with an attorney to address individual concerns.