Last May 31, 2023, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) made an important change regarding the filing location for certain affirmative asylum applications. The aim of this change is to streamline the processing and improve decision efficiency by transitioning to paperless filings. Now, you have the option to mail your Form I-589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal, to the specific mailbox that corresponds to your location, instead of sending it to the service center. When you send the Form via mail, you will receive two notices. The first notice will confirm that the mailbox has received your application and forwarded it to USCIS. Subsequently, USCIS will send another standard Form I-589 receipt notice after accepting your application.
However, please note that certain categories of applicants are exempted from this change and should continue mailing their asylum applications directly to the Asylum Vetting Center. These categories include:
- Loss of Derivative Status After Asylum Approval but Before Adjustment of Status (Nunc Pro Tunc)
- Loss of Derivative Status After Initial Filing but Before Final Decision
- Simultaneous Filing as a Principal Applicant and a Derivative Applicant
- Previously Issued a Final Action by USCIS on a Form I-589
- Previously in Immigration Court Proceeding
It is important to stay informed about these changes and comply with the revised filing procedures to ensure a smooth and efficient processing of your asylum application.
Are you looking for information and guidance on asylum cases and the process of filing Form I-589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal? If so, you’ve come to the right place! Asylum cases are crucial for individuals who have fled their home countries due to fear of persecution or harm. By seeking asylum, they have the opportunity to live and work legally in the United States, with the potential to apply for permanent residency in the future.
To provide you with comprehensive insights and answers to frequently asked questions about asylum cases and the Form I-589, we have created a dedicated page. On this page, you will find detailed discussions and valuable resources to help you understand the asylum process better and navigate through it effectively.
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