How to Apply for Asylum


We recommend consulting a lawyer with a good reputation.  Unfortunately there are a lot of fraudulent immigration services providers in the city, so you should really make a good research.

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To view the asylum application and instructions please visit

You will need your I-94 number for this application. It was given to you when you entered the United States, but you can find it by going to this link:

All residents of New York must send their applications to: 

Vermont Service Center
Attention: Asylum
75 Lower Welden Street
St Albans City, VT 05479


You may check which applications USCIS is currently scheduling for interviews at the following link:

Please note: This table can give you an estimate of where your application is in the queue and when it may be scheduled. It is NOT a guarantee that your case will be processed within the stated time frame.

In most cases, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island residents will be called for interviews at this location: 1065 Stewart Avenue, Suite 200, Bethpage, New York

Bronx and Manhattan residents will interview at: 1200 Wall Street West, Fourth Floor Lyndhurst, New Jersey

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