Form I-589

Asylum Application

Processing Statistics

I-589

Basic Visa Info
Visa Official Name: Asylum Application
Visa Filing Types:
  • I-589
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Historical Average Processing Times
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Form I-589 USCIS Approval Rate and Backlog
Historic Approval Rate
Asylum Application [Accepted / Denied]
Historic approval and denial rate for Asylum Application (Form I-589)
Submission Rate and Backlog
Asylum Application [Pending Backlog / New Submission]
Historic backlog of yet to be processed cases and new submissions for Asylum Application (Form I-589)

Data are for affirmatively filed I-589 asylum applications and do not include defensive asylum claims before a DOJ EOIR immigration court. For affirmative I-589s, the “denial” column includes cases where USCIS found the applicant not eligible on the merits of the claim and referred the applicant to an immigration judge. Previous reports did not include referrals in the denied counts. Administratively closed cases are not included in approvals or denials.

Although this report includes approvals and denials, it does not include referrals to an Immigration Judge which comprise a large portion of the workload for asylum applications. Further, forms received, approved, denied, and pending counts will differ from counts reported in previous quarters due to processing delays and the time at which the data are queried

Includes data from Directorate of Refugee, Asylum and International Operations (RAIO).

Fiscal year begins October 1 and ends September 30 of the reporting period. Data sources include USCIS, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Performance Reporting Tool (PRT), USCIS Electronic Immigration System (ELIS) and C3 Consolidated


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