The application process for Form I-589 is a critical step for individuals seeking asylum or withholding of removal in the United States. Adherence to the procedure and requirements ensures a properly filed application. Form I-589 processing time is based on various factors from submission to decision.
Form I-589 Overview
Form I-589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal, is used by individuals physically present in the U.S. who are not U.S. citizens to apply for asylum or withholding of deportation. It’s essential to complete the form accurately, providing all requested information.
Applicants must provide supporting documentation along with Form I-589. This includes evidence of identity, nationality, and any documents pertinent to the asylum claim, such as proof of persecution or fear of future persecution due to race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.
The filing deadline for Form I-589 is within one year of the applicant’s arrival in the U.S. Exceptions apply for circumstances affecting eligibility, but timely filing is critical for a valid asylum application.
Interviews and Appointments
Upon filing Form I-589, applicants will be scheduled for an interview with an asylum officer or immigration judge. Applicants must attend all appointments associated with their asylum application, as missing an interview or appointment can result in denial of their application.
As part of the application process, applicants are required to submit biometrics information. This typically involves going to a designated Application Support Center (ASC) for fingerprints and a photograph.