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I have been granted asylum one month ago.How long does it take to issue a travel document?

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What is the procedure for requesting a travel document as an asylee? Are there restrictions as to where I can travel and the duration of my stay abroad?

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You apply for a Refugee Travel Document on form I-131. See the form for further instructions.

The above is intended only as general information, and does not constitute legal advice. You must speak with an attorney to discuss your individual case.


It might take over 3 months to get a refugee travel document, and it is valid for one year.


The permit takes 3-4 months, after filing the I-131.

Don't travel too close to your former homeland.

Try not to stay away for more than 90 days.

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