Asylum cases are often resolved (favorably) by Immigration Judges at individual court hearings. Sadly, however, applicants must wait an average of TWENTY months before their case is solved according to a recent article in The Washington Post. That's 20 months without seeing family members left behind in the homeland and 20 months without knowing whether the future involves buying a home or moving to another country.
Reducing the wait time is one part of the comprehensive immigration reform package which will be proposed this year. In the meantime, I urge applicants to wisely use the wait time to gather evidence such as affidavits from persons abroad or homeland newspaper articles about others who experienced similar harm.