If you had an upcoming appointment with USCIS, an immigration court date, or an interview, then here are some things you should know about how the government shutdown will affect your immigration case. First of all, if you have an attorney, listen to his advice. This article is not intended to substitute legal advice from a licensed attorney. Second, figure out what department you are dealing with. The shutdown affects all departments of the government differently. Depending on which department your upcoming appointment or deadline is with, you may still have to appear despite the closure.
Form I-589 Application for Asylum and for Witholding from Removal is used to apply for asylum in the United States. You may wish to file this form if you are a refugee who left your country as a result of fear of persecution. To be eligible for asylum you must prove that you are a refugee who is unable or unwilling to return to his/her country of residence due to a fear of persecution on the basis of race, religion, nationality, affiliation with a particular group, or political opinion. Even if asylum is not granted, you may still be eligible for withholding of removal.