APPLICATION FOR ASYLUM AND FOR WITHHOLDING OF REMOVAL FORM I-589

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FORM I-589

To apply for asylum in the United States and for withholding of removal (formerly called “withholding of deportation”). You may file for asylum if you are physically in the United States and you are not a United States citizen.  Affirmative Asylum applications Timeline ⏳

WHO MAY APPLY AND FILING DEADLINES?

You may apply for asylum irrespective of your immigration status and even if you are in the United States unlawfully unless otherwise provided by statute or regulations. Read more

You MUST file this application within 1 year after you arrived in the United States, unless you can show that there are changed circumstances that affect your eligibility for asylum or extraordinary circumstances that prevented you from filing within 1 year.

If you have previously been denied asylum by an immigration judge or the Board of Immigration Appeals, you must show that there are changed circumstances that affect your eligibility for asylum.

HOW TO FILL THE FORM I-589?

You can fill out the form on a computer, typewriter or by hand. If you are filing it out by hand, you must write neatly in black ink. It is very important answer all of the questions. If a question does not apply, type or write “NA” in the appropriate space. Be sure to sign the form in the space provided. USCIS automatically rejects any forms that are incomplete and/or unsigned.Read more

DOCUMENT CHECKLIST

  • Form I-589 (USCIS Asylum Application)
  • 1 Passport Style Photo
  • Notice of Appearance as Attorney
  • Written Declaration (explaining in detail the basis for applicant’s claim)
  • Identity Documents (passport, birth certificate, marriage certificate, etc.)
  • Witness Declarations from friends or family in home country o With original signature, copy of ID document, and notarized, if possible (if any)
  • Police Reports or Restraining Orders (if any)
  • Medical and/or Counseling Records (if any)
  • Medical and/or Psychological Expert Evaluation (if any)
  • Country Condition Reports corroborating applicant’s claim

FORM I-589 FILING INSTRUCTIONS

Filing Fee:  $0 (Biometrics services may be required at no cost.)  Where To File? Applicants mail their I-589 applications depending on their residence in the U.S. For detail mailing instrucrions please visit our Direct filing addresses for form i-589 page.

Can I ask for political asylum from outside the US?

NO. To apply for political asylum, you must be in the United States (embassies or diplomatic missions outside the US will not help you in this matter). Being outside the US, you can only apply for refugee status and this procedure is also a complicated procedure.

Can I apply for asylum when crossing the border?

This is possible, and such cases often occur at the border crossing with Mexico. The application directly on the border is an extreme measure. A very important point is that when you cross the border without the necessary permission (US visa) and asylum application, you are most likely to be detained and placed in an immigration prison where you will conduct initial inquiries and check all the facts you previously stated . The decisions of the border service can be delayed for weeks or even months.

Can I apply for political asylum if I am illegally in the US?

You have the right to defend and examine your application, even if you are in an illegal status. It is very important that this happens in the first year of your stay in the country. Otherwise, you have to argue, there are compelling reasons why you did not do this before.

How long does it take to get an interview for asylum?

Beginning on January 29, 2018, the Immigration Department for Asylum (USCIS Citizenship and Immigration Service Group) will give priority to the newest applications when assigning interviews.
Such a change in the schedule of interviews will make it possible to weed out those applicants who use groundless statements and try to use this process solely to obtain a work permit and will enable the USCIS to immediately identify such persons and begin the process of their deportation. In reality, the new Priority will allow the USCIS to make decisions on qualified asylum seekers more quickly and efficiently.

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