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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 a U.S. citizen.
What Is the Purpose of This Form?
You may include in your application your spouse and
unmarried children who are under 21 years of age and
physically present in the United States. You must submit
certain documents for your spouse and each child included as
required by these instructions. Children 21 years of age or
older and married children must file separate applications. If
you are granted asylum and your spouse and/or any unmarried
children under 21 years of age are outside the United States,
you may file Form I-730, Refugee and Asylee Relative
Petition, for them to gain similar benefits.
NOTE: You must submit an application for asylum within 1
year of arriving in the United States, unless there are changed
circumstances that materially affect your eligibility for asylum
or extraordinary circumstances directly related to your failure
to file within 1 year. (See Part C, Additional Information
about Your Application, in Section V on Part 1 of the
instructions for further explanation.)
Instruction Sections: Filing Information and
How Your Application Will Be Processed
The instructions are divided into two sections:
The first section has filing information. This section
discusses basic eligibility criteria and guides you through
filling out and filing the application.
The second section explains how your application will be
processed. This section also describes potential interim
benefits available while your application is pending.
Read these instructions carefully. The instructions will help
you complete your application and understand how it will be
processed. If you have questions about your eligibility, how to