This form is used to apply for asylum in the United States and for withholding of removal (Formerly called “withholding of deportation”). This application may also be used to apply for Protection under the Convention against Torture. You may file this application if you are physically present in the United States, and you are not U.S. citizen.

Note: You must submit an application for asylum within 1 year of arriving in the United States Unless there are change of circumstances that materially affect your eligibility for asylum or extraordinary circumstances directly related to your failure to file within 1 year.
http://www.uscis.gov/i-589

 

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