_Certain asylum applicants are eligible to receive employment authorization from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 180 days after the application is filed, not including delays in the proceedings caused by the applicant. The “asylum clock” tracks the number of days since the application was filed, not including any such delays. See 8 C.F.R. § 1208.7. Where a respondent has applied for asylum, the Immigration Judge asks during the master calendar hearing whether the respondent wishes for the asylum clock to run. If so, the case is handled “expeditiously,” meaning that it is scheduled for completion within 180 days of the filing. If the respondent does not wish for the asylum clock to run, the case is scheduled as any other case.
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