• No, it will not speed up the process. Whether you apply for Asylum at the airport or enter the US on a tourist visa and subsequently file for Asylum, the timing of your case is likely to be similar. However, there are important considerations to keep in mind.

    If you choose to request Asylum at the airport before being admitted as a visitor, the border agent cannot allow you into the US as a tourist. Instead, you may be detained and subjected to a credible fear interview. This can be a challenging process, as it bypasses the opportunity for an interview with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Furthermore, if your case proceeds to the immigration court, you may lose the chance to wait for a USCIS interview and instead enter removal proceedings. Detention may also be possible, requiring you to pay a bond for release. It is worth noting that while certain processes have been streamlined, requesting Asylum at the airport while holding a visitor visa can lead to a more burdensome and complex process.

    When discussing the timing, my earlier mention of similarities referred to the delays and backlogs commonly experienced in immigration courts. It is important to know that USCIS and immigration courts often face significant delays in processing Asylum cases.

    In summary, while the process may not be expedited by requesting Asylum at the airport with a tourist visa, it is crucial to consider the potential challenges and implications associated with this decision. Consulting with an experienced immigration attorney can provide valuable guidance tailored to your specific circumstances.