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How long does it take for a refugee to be processed to enter the US? | PolitiFact

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Jeb Bush: ‘It takes almost a year for a refugee to be processed in the United States’ | PolitiFact

“It can actually take almost three years. (Bush) is being optimistic,” said Lavinia Limón, the president of the advocacy group, the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants. “The process for refugees is the most extensive security screening we have for visitors. It’s easier to come in as a tourist, a student, a businessman.”

Even if they weren’t from countries where terrorism was a concern, refugees would be “lucky” if the process took less than a year, Limón said. She pointed out that since the refugee program for Central American minors was established a year ago, the United States has yet to admit one child.

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