Form I-589 | Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal

Purpose of Form

If you are staying in the US but you are not a citizen of this country, you can ask for asylum. There are two main reasons, which you can use to prolong staying. The first one: it’s dangerous to come back to your home because of your race, political views or religious beliefs. The second one: you may be removed from the US but you want to stop this process in some cases.

Special Instructions

In order to apply for asylum in the United States of America, you have to file USCIS form I-589 (Application for Asylum and Withholding of Removal). You need to justify the necessity of staying in the US and getting this status.

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









Texas Service Center
Attn: Asylum P.O. Box 851892
Mesquite, TX 75185-1892


  • 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


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

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Last update September 14, 2020

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Do I need to attach an explanation or supporting documents to the form?

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Hello, the request without explaining why you submit the form are not accepted.

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