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 https://www.uscis.gov/i-589
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: https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/
All residents of New York must send their applications to:
Vermont Service Center
75 Lower Welden Street
St Albans City, VT 05479
You may check which applications USCIS is currently scheduling for interviews at the following link: https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/refugees-asylum/asylum/affirmative-asylum-scheduling-bulletin
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