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

ALERT: On June 26, 2020, USCIS announced a final rule modifying DHS’s regulations governing asylum applications, interviews and eligibility for employment authorization based on a pending asylum application. The final rule will be effective Aug. 25, 2020.

Applications for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal postmarked on or after Aug. 25, 2020, should be made using the updated edition of Form I-589. 

What to Know About Sending Us Your Form

The current edition of Form I-589, dated 09/10/19

  • If it is postmarked before Oct. 26, 2020, we will continue to accept the 09/10/19 edition.
  • If it is postmarked on or after Oct. 26, 2020, we will not accept the 09/10/19 edition.

The updated edition of Form I-589, dated 08/25/20

  • If it is postmarked on or after Aug. 25, 2020, we will accept the 08/25/20 edition.
  • If it is postmarked before Aug. 25, 2020, we will not accept the 08/25/20 edition.

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

09/10/19. 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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