There is no definitive single answer to how long the appeal will take. The BIA can issue a decision within a matter of months or years. As to a DL, if you had an EAD before, you should be able to continue to renew while your appeal is pending and therefore get the DL.
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About a year. You should not do that without an attorney, you will lose. It is way too complicated to do that on your own.
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If you mean an appeal from an immigration judge's denial of asylum then that is an appeal to the Board of Immigration Appeals. Those could take several months, even years, but there is no way to give you an accurate or precise estimate. It also depends on whether the person is detained or not, whether the appeal is dismissed summarily, etc.
If you mean an appeal from the Immigration Service's decision on an affirmative application that is actually not an appeal but a referral to the IJ. The IJ would then re-evaluate your case anew.
The issue is very very complicated and technical and so you would need an excellent appellate immigration attorney with a lot of experience. if you have completed the EOIR 26 it probably means you did it yourself so now seek excellent counsel, do NOT try to do by yourself as it is very very important to get good representation before the Board.
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1.) It can take years.
2.) as for getting a DL, etc. a lot depends on your status before you were put into removal proceedings and how the IJ wrote your denial.
3.) If you didn't have a lawyer working on the removal case ... GET ONE NOW ... things are only going to get more-and-more difficult for you. A very, and I do mean VERY SMALL, percentage of people who are denied asylum by an Immigration Judge win on appeal. You need a top-notch legal team on your side.
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It takes years, especially if there are complicated issues involved. You need to have a lawyer helping you. IF you cannot afford one, try to see a pro bono counsel from local bar associations, legal clinic in local law schools..
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