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I-589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal

ALERT: USCIS is taking steps to comply with the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland’s Sept. 11 preliminary injunction in Casa de Maryland et al v. Chad Wolf.

This preliminary injunction provides limited injunctive relief to members of two organizations, CASA de Maryland (CASA) and the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP), in the application of the Removal of 30-day Processing Provision for Asylum Applicant-Related Form I-765 Employment Authorization Applications Rule and the Asylum Application, Interview, and Employment Authorization for Applicants Rule to Form I-589s and Form I-765s filed by asylum applicants who are also members of CASA or ASAP. 

For CASA and ASAP members, the court preliminarily enjoined enforcement of the following regulatory changes:

  • Removal of the 30-day adjudicatory period for Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, based on an underlying asylum application;
  • The requirement to submit biometric information and related fee as part of the filing of a Form I-765 based on an asylum application;
  • The 365-day waiting period for Employment Authorization Document (EAD) eligibility based on an underlying asylum application;
  • The bar on EAD eligibility for asylum applicants subject to the one-year filing bar for asylum, applicable to a Form I-765 based on an asylum application filed on or after Aug. 25, 2020;
  • The discretionary review rule, providing that the agency has discretion as to whether to grant a Form I-765 based on an asylum application; and
  • Removal of the rule deeming a Form I-589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal, complete if USCIS does not reject it within 30 days of receipt.

If you are a member of CASA or ASAP,  you must submit proof of membership with each individual Form I-589 or Form I-765 based on an asylum application to benefit from limited injunctive relief under Casa de Maryland et al v. Chad Wolf. We will only accept a properly completed Form I-765 based on an asylum application without the biometric services fee if we receive evidence of membership with your filing. 

Proof of membership must be in the form of a copy of your membership card or a letter from either organization certifying your membership. If necessary, children under 21 may instead submit proof of their parent’s membership along with documentary evidence establishing the parent-child relationship, such as a copy of the child’s birth certificate. Please place the evidence of your, or your parent’s, membership immediately behind your Form I-765 or Form I-589. The government will use information related to membership to comply with the court order.

Members of CASA or ASAP who have already filed a Form I-765 on or after Aug. 21, 2020, or Form I-589 on or after Aug. 25, 2020, should contact CASA or ASAP directly to ensure USCIS is able to process their applications in accordance with this injunction.

NOTE: If you are not a member of CASA or ASAP, you must submit the biometric services fee when you file Form I-765.

Use this form 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 U.S. citizen.

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Edition Date

08/25/20. Starting October 26, 2020, we will only accept the 08/25/20 edition. Until then, you can use the 09/10/19 edition. You can find the edition date at the bottom of the page on the form and instructions.

Dates are listed in mm/dd/yy format.

Where to File

If you are currently in immigration court: You must file your Form I-589 with the immigration court that has jurisdiction over your case.

 If you live in:

 Then file your application with the:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • Puerto Rico
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming
  • Western Pennsylvania counties of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Bradford, Butler, Cambria, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Somerset, Venango, Warren, Washington, and Westmoreland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USCIS TSC
Attn: I-589
6046 N Belt Line Rd. STE 589 
Irving, TX 75038-0018

 

  • Arizona
  • California counties of Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, or Ventura
  • Guam
  • Hawaii
  • Nevada counties of Clark, Esmerelda, Nye or Lincoln

 

 

California Service Center
P.O. Box 10881
Laguna Niguel, CA 92607-0881

 

  • Alaska
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • South Dakota
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin
  • Any county in California or Nevada that was not listed above

 

 

 

Nebraska Service Center
P.O. Box 87589
Lincoln, NE 68501-7589

 

  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • A county in Pennsylvania that was not listed above

Vermont Service Center
Attention: Asylum
75 Lower Welden St.
St. Albans, VT 05479-0589

 

We will not accept your Form I-589 if you leave any fields blank. You must provide a response to all questions on the form, even if the response is “none,” “unknown” or “n/a.”  We will not accept a Form I-589 that is missing the explanation of why you are applying for asylum or that is missing any addendums that you reference in your application.

Don’t forget to sign your form!  We will reject any unsigned form.

Filing Fee
$0.

Biometrics services may be required at no cost to you.

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