Immigration Law

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Will More Asylum Seekers Be Turned Away?
Posted on 19 Apr 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The chief of the asylum division at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has told asylum officers that immigrants who make a "credible fear" claim, the first step in the asylum process, must have a "significant possibility"... Read More

USCIS Memo: Changes to Case Categories Requiring Asylum HQ Review
Posted on 30 Jan 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Asylum Division is revising the categories of affirmative asylum cases that require Headquarters (HQ) review, effective immediately." - USCIS, Jan. 27, 2014 . Read More

Credible Fear Lesson Plan 'Undermines the Asylum Process' - Bill Ong Hing
Posted on 5 May 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"On February 28, 2014, you released a revised version of the " ADOTC Lesson Plan, Credible Fear of Persecution and Torture Determinations " to USCIS Asylum Office Directors and Asylum Officers throughout the country. I have reviewed the... Read More

New Lafferty Memo Raises Credible Fear Bar
Posted on 18 Apr 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"With a growing number of immigrants asking for asylum at the border, Department of Homeland Security officials have set new guidelines that raise the bar on who can enter the United States and formally file for protection, according to documents... Read More

USCIS Asylum Div. Revises Credible Fear / Reasonable Fear Lesson Plans (Feb. 2017)
Posted on 1 Mar 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

In a memo dated Feb. 13, 2017 , USCIS Asylum Division Chief John Lafferty released revised updated versions of the Asylum Division Officer Training Course Lesson Plans, Credible Fear of Persecution and Torture Determinations , and Reasonable Fear of Persecution... Read More

USCIS Revised Credible Fear (Lafferty) Memo, Lesson Plan
Posted on 18 Apr 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This memorandum announces the release of a revised version of the ADOTC Lesson Plan , Credible Fear of Persecution and Torture Determinations, dated February 28, 2014 (the revised Credible Fear Lesson Plan) and describes the major changes in the... Read More