List of USCIS Asylum Offices

 

Introduction

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has Asylum Offices set up across the United States. Asylum Offices handle asylum interviews and interviews for suspension of deportation and special rule cancellation of removal under the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA). Only asylum and NACARA suspension/cancellation interviews are scheduled at Asylum Offices by the USCIS. However, asylum applications are not filed at a USCIS Asylum Office but rather must be filed with a USCIS Service Center. In this article, we will list every Asylum Office and the counties each Asylum Office serves as of October 18, 2017. We will also list the Asylum Sub-Offices where interviews may also be scheduled for certain applicants.

New York Asylum Office

Please note that all of the information is current as of October 18, 2017. Each part of this article summarizes information about the USCIS Asylum Offices from the USCIS website.1 Individuals should always consult the USCIS website for the official up-to-date information on the locations, operating hours, and addresses of each Asylum Office. Asylum applicants are strongly advised to consult with an experienced immigration attorney throughout the asylum process.

1. Arlington Asylum Office

The Arlington Asylum Office is located in Arlington, Virginia [PDF version].

The street address for the Arlington Asylum Office is:

  • 1525 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 300
  • Arlington, VA 20598.

The mailing address for the Arlington Asylum Office is:

  • USCIS
  • Arlington Asylum Office
  • 1525 Wilson Boulevard
  • Mailstop 2500
  • Arlington, VA 20598-2500

The Arlington Asylum Office serves applicants from the following states and jurisdictions in their entirety:

  • Alabama,
  • Georgia,
  • Maryland,
  • North Carolina,
  • South Carolina,
  • Virginia,
  • West Virginia, and
  • District of Columbia (Washington D.C.).

In addition to the above states and Washington D.C., the Arlington Asylum Office also serves a selection of counties in Pennsylvania.

In Pennsylvania, the Arlington Asylum Office serves the following counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Bradford, Butler, Cambria, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Somerset, Venango, Warren, Washington, Westmoreland.

Pennsylvania counties that are not listed are covered by the Newark Asylum Office [see section].

The e-mail address to make inquiries into affirmative asylum and NACARA cases at the Arlington Asylum Office is: ArlingtonAsylum@uscis.dhs.gov

Individuals may check into the status of credible fear and reasonable fear determinations by sending an e-mail to the Arlington Asylum Prescreening Center at ZAR-APSO.ZAR-APSO@uscis.gov, or by sending a letter to:

  • USCIS Arlington Asylum Prescreening Center (ZAC)
  • 1525 Wilson Blvd., MS #2455
  • Arlington, VA 20598

2. Chicago Asylum Office

The Chicago Asylum Office is located in Chicago, Illinois [PDF version].

The street address for the Chicago Asylum Office is:

  • 181 W. Madison Street, Suite 300
  • Chicago, IL 60602

The mailing address for the Chicago Asylum Office is:

  • USCIS
  • Chicago Asylum Office
  • 181 W. Madison Street, Suite 3000
  • Chicago, IL 60602

The Arlington Asylum Office serves applicants from the following states in their entirety:

  • Idaho,
  • Illinois,
  • Indiana,
  • Iowa,
  • Kansas,
  • Kentucky,
  • Michigan,
  • Minnesota,
  • Missouri,
  • Montana,
  • Nebraska,
  • North Dakota,
  • Ohio,
  • South Dakota, and
  • Wisconsin.

The public e-mail for the Chicago Asylum Office is Chicago.Asylum@uscis.dhs.gov. The public phone number is 312-845-5200.

3. Houston Asylum Office

The Houston Asylum Office is located in Houston, Texas [PDF version].

The street address for the Houston Asylum Office is:

  • 16630 Imperial Valley Drive, Suite 200
  • Houston, TX 77060

The mailing address for the Houston Asylum Office is:

  • USCIS
  • Houston Asylum Office
  • PO Box 670626
  • Houston, TX 77267

The Houston Asylum Office serves the following states in their entirety:

  • Colorado,
  • New Mexico,
  • Oklahoma,
  • Texas,
  • Utah, and
  • Wyoming.

The New Orleans Asylum Sub-Office is a sub-office of the Houston Asylum Office and handles cases arising in a number of other states. Please see the relevant section of our article to learn more [see section].

The public e-mail address for the Houston Asylum Office is Houston.Asylum@uscis.dhs.gov. The public phone number is 281-931-2100.

4. New Orleans Sub-Office of the Houston Asylum Office

The New Orleans Sub-Office of the Houston Asylum Office is located in Metairie, Louisiana [PDF version].

The street address for the New Orleans Sub-Office is:

  • 2424 Edenborn Avenue, Suite 300
  • Metairie, LA 70001

The mailing address for the New Orleans Sub-Office is:

  • New Orleans Asylum Sub-Office
  • 2424 Edenborn Avenue, Suite 300
  • Metairie, LA 70001

The New Orleans Sub-Office of the Houston Asylum Office covers cases from the following states in their entirety:

  • Arkansas,
  • Louisiana,
  • Mississippi, and
  • Tennessee.

The New Orleans Sub-Office operates within the jurisdiction of the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Circuits.

5. Los Angeles Asylum Office

The Los Angeles Asylum Office is located in Anaheim, California [PDF version].

The street address for the Los Angeles Asylum Office is:

  • 1585 South Manchester Avenue
  • Anaheim, California

The mailing address for the Los Angeles Asylum Office is:

  • USCIS
  • Los Angeles Asylum Office
  • PO Box 65015
  • Anaheim, CA 92815-8515

The Los Angeles Asylum Office serves the following states and territories in their entirety:

  • Arizona,
  • Hawaii, and
  • Territory of Guam, and
  • Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Furthermore, the Los Angeles Asylum Office serves specific counties in both California and Nevada.

The Los Angeles Asylum Office serves the following counties in California: Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura.

The Los Angeles Asylum Office serves the following counties in Nevada: Clark, Esmerelda, Lincoln, and Nye.

Counties in California and Nevada that are not served by the Los Angeles Asylum Office are instead served by the San Francisco Asylum Office [see section].

The public email address for the Los Angeles Asylum Office is LosAngelesAsylum@uscis.dhs.gov. The public phone number for the Los Angeles Asylum Office is 714-808-8000.

6. Miami Asylum Office

The Miami Asylum Office is located in Miami, Florida [PDF version].

The street address for the Miami Asylum Office is:

  • 1501 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 300
  • Miami, FL 33132

The mailing address for the Miami Asylum Office is:

  • USCIS
  • Miami Asylum Office
  • 1501 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 300
  • Miami, FL 33132

The Miami Asylum Office opened at the above location on June 21, 2017. To learn more about the move, please see our blog on the subject [see blog].

The Miami Asylum Office covers the following state and jurisdictions:

  • Florida,
  • Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and
  • U.S. Virgin Islands.

The public e-mail address for the Miami Asylum Office is Miami.Asylum@uscis.dhs.gov. The public phone number for the Miami Asylum Office is 786-456-2900. The public fax number is 718-456-2910.

7. Newark Asylum Office

The Newark Asylum Office is located in Lyndhurst, New Jersey [PDF version].

The street address for the Newark Asylum Office is:

  • 1200 Wall Street West, Fourth Floor
  • Lyndhurst, NY 07071

The mailing address for the Newark Asylum Office is:

  • USCIS
  • Newark Asylum Office
  • 1200 Wall Street West, Fourth Floor
  • Lyndhurst, NJ 07071

The Newark Asylum Office serves the following states in their entirety:

  • Connecticut,
  • Delaware,
  • Maine,
  • Massachusetts,
  • New Hampshire,
  • New Jersey,
  • Rhode Island, and
  • Vermont.

In addition to the above states, the Newark Asylum Office serves parts of both New York and Pennsylvania.

The Newark Asylum Office serves the following counties in New York: Albany, Allegany, Bronx, Broome, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Clinton, Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Erie, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Genesse, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Livingston, Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, New York (Manhattan), Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Orleans, Oswego, Otsego, Rensselaer, Saint Lawrence, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Wyoming, Yates.

Cases from New York counties not listed here are handled by the New York Asylum Office [see section]. For those individuals who live in New York City, cases from Bronx and Manhattan are handled by the Newark Asylum Office, whereas cases from Brooklyn, Staten Island, and Queens are handled by the New York Asylum Office.

The Newark Asylum Office serves the following counties in Pennsylvania: Adams, Berks, Bucks, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clinton, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Pike, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Wayne, Wyoming, York.

Cases from Pennsylvania counties not listed here are handled by the Arlington Asylum Office [see section].

The public e-mail address for the Newark Asylum Office is NewarkAsylumOfficeMailbox@uscis.dhs.gov. The public phone number of the Newark Asylum Office is 201-508-6100. The public fax number is 201-531-1877.

8. Boston Asylum Sub-Office of the Newark Office

The Boston Asylum Sub-Office of the Newark Office is located in Boston, Massachusetts [PDF version].

The street address of the Boston Sub-Office is:

  • JFK Federal Building
  • 15 New Sudbury Street, Suite 600
  • Boston MA 02203

The mailing address for the Boston Sub-Office is:

  • USCIS
  • Boston Sub Office of the Newark Asylum Office
  • JFK Federal Building
  • 15 New Sudbury Street, Suite 600
  • Boston, MA 02203

The Newark Asylum Office serves Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Vermont in full. It also serves portions of New York and Pennsylvania [see section]. The Boston Sub-Office of the Newark Asylum Office is the primary point of service for Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.

The public email address for the Boston Asylum Sub-Office of the Newark Office's public email address is znkbostonsub-office@uscis.dhs.gov. The public phone number of the Boston Sub Office is 617-565-9500. The public fax number is 617-565-9507.

9. New York Asylum Office

The New York Asylum Office is located in Bethpage, New York [PDF version].

The street address for the New York Asylum Office is:

  • 1065 Stewart Avenue, Suite 200
  • Bethpage, NY 11714

The mailing address for the New York Asylum Office is:

  • USCIS
  • New York Asylum Office
  • 1065 Stewart Avenue, Suite 200
  • Bethpage NY 11714

The New York Asylum Office exclusively serves select counties in New York. The following is the list of New York Counties served by the New York Asylum Office:

  • Dutchess,
  • Kings (Brooklyn),
  • Nassau,
  • Orange,
  • Putnam,
  • Queens,
  • Richmond (Staten Island),
  • Rockland,
  • Suffolk,
  • Sullivan,
  • Ulster, and
  • Westchester.

Cases from the New York counties not listed here, including Bronx and New York (Manhattan), are handled by the Newark Asylum Office [see section].

The public e-mail address for the New York Asylum Office is NewYork.Asylum@uscis.gov. The public phone number for the New York Asylum Office is 516-261-0000.

10. San Francisco Asylum Office

The San Francisco Asylum Office is located in San Francisco, California [PDF version].

The street address for the San Francisco Asylum Office is:

  • 75 Hawthorne Street, 7th Floor
  • San Francisco, CA 94105

The mailing address for the San Francisco Asylum Office is:

  • USCIS
  • San Francisco Asylum Office
  • PO Box 77530
  • San Francisco, CA 94107

The San Francisco Asylum Office serves the following states in their entirety:

  • Alaska,
  • California,
  • Nevada,
  • Oregon, and
  • Washington.

The San Francisco Asylum Office also serves a selection of counties in both California and Nevada.

The San Francisco Asylum Office serves the following counties in California: Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Lake, Lassen, Madera, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Mono, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, Yolo, Yuba.

The San Francisco Asylum Office serves the following counties in Nevada: Carson City, Churchill, Douglas, Elko, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Lyon, Mineral, Pershing, Storey, Wash, White Pine.

All California and Nevada counties not listed above are instead served by the Los Angeles Asylum Office [see section].

The public email address for the San Francisco Asylum Office is SanFranciscoAsylum@uscis.dhs.gov. The public phone number for the San Francisco Asylum Office is 415-575-1300. The public fax number is 415-575-1393.

Conclusion

Asylum applicants waiting for their interviews should consult with the affirmative asylum scheduling bulletin to glean an idea of when their interviews may be scheduled. In general, the location of the interview will depend on where the asylum applicant lives. It is important to remember that affirmative asylum applications are filed with the appropriate USCIS Service Center, not with a USCIS Asylum Office. Before applying for asylum, an interested individual should consult with an experienced immigration attorney. Such an attorney will assess the case and, if he or she determines that the individual has a compelling case for asylum, may assist the individual throughout the complicated asylum application process. This is important as well for individuals who are considering seeking either asylum or, if eligible, NACARA cancellation in removal proceedings.

Please see our full selection of articles to learn more about asylum [see category] and our article on NACARA cancellation [see article] to learn more about related subjects.

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  1. See https://egov.uscis.gov/crisgwi/go?action­offices.type&OfficeLocator.office_type­ZSY