I-589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal
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.
What This Form Can Help You Do
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.
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:
California Service Center
Nebraska Service Center
Vermont Service Center
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.
Biometrics services may be required at no cost to you.