Form I-765 Processing Times for Asylum Applicants

Recently, our Los Angeles immigration attorneys have received reports from other U.S. immigration lawyers of Form I-765, Employment Authorization applicants for asylum applicants falling outside of the processing times posted online for the National Benefits Center (NBC).

We reached out to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and asked about the adjudication time frame for these types of applications for asylum applicants. We were informed that the normal processing time for Form I-765 requesting initial employment authorization under the code (A)(5) (asylee) or (C)(8) (asylum applicant) is 30 days. The processing time for Form I-765 applications requesting an extension of authorization of employment under both (A)(5) and (C)(8) is 75 days. These time frames represent the length to obtain an approval notice on Form I-797, and the approximate time that an applicant will receive an Employment Authorization Document (EAD).

If you feel that your case is pending outside of the normal processing time you may call USCIS National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283 or it is encouraged to hire an experienced immigration attorney to ensure there are no problems with your application.

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