Time period for extradition
Extradition of persons located abroad can take many months or even years to complete. The United
States works with foreign authorities to locate wanted persons and then to request the extradition of the
person. However, the extradition case is handled by the foreign authorities in the foreign courts. Once the
extradition request is submitted to the foreign government, the United States does not control the pace of the proceedings. Even if there are no immediate legal impediments to extradition, it may take many
months or even many years for the extradition request to be heard by the courts and for the executive
authority to make a surrender decision.