I would consult an immigration attorney practicing before the Las- Vegas Immigration Court-but remember what happens with the time frame now is subject to change in the future.... Good Luck!
I agree with my colleague but judging by the fact that Las Vegas is not as busy a jurisdiction as others, you should probably be able to complete your hearing within this year.
I would not file an asylum application without a lawyer. Asylum applications are very difficult, and there are harsh consequences for frivolous applications. If denied, it would trigger immediate Removal proceedings if you do not have Status in the U.S. You should also be aware that you need to file within one year of entering the U.S., and not a day later!
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