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USCIS Memo: Changes to Case Categories Requiring Asylum HQ Review

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

Revised Procedures re Trafficking Victims: USCIS

"The purpose of this memorandum is to announce the issuance of revised procedures regarding trafficking victims to replace the current procedures in the Affirmative Asylum Procedures Manual (AAPM)." - USCIS, Nov. 26, 2014 .

Stats and Guidance from Jan. 2014 Asylum Stakeholder Meeting

Links to statistics and guidance provided at the USCIS Asylum Division quarterly stakeholder meeting, January 28, 2014. - USCIS, Feb. 10, 2014 . Statistics Guidance Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq Receipts - Asylum Applications Filed FY 1993 - FY 2014 Changes to Case Categories Requiring...

New Lafferty Memo Raises Credible Fear Bar

"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 released Thursday. The internal U.S. Citizenship...

USCIS Revised Credible Fear (Lafferty) Memo, Lesson Plan

"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 lesson from previous versions." - USCIS, Feb...

USCIS Asylum Division Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting: Aug. 11, 2014

:U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a quarterly stakeholder engagement on Monday, August 11, 2014, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. (Eastern) to discuss new developments within the Asylum Division. The purpose of this engagement is for the Asylum Division to provide...

Asylum Division Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting, Nov. 14, 2014

"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a quarterly stakeholder engagement in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. (EST) to provide updates from the Asylum Division and answer questions from participants. To Register: Interested...

Links to Stats from Asylum Division Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting

"Asylum Division Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invited you to participate in a quarterly stakeholder engagement in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2014, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. (EST) to provide updates from the Asylum Division and answer questions...

Update on New and Novel PSGS: USCIS, Apr. 15, 2015

A Washington Times article references a 27-page document on the 'particular social group' (PSG) aspect of asylum adjudications, discussed during an April 23, 2015 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing . The document, dated April 15, 2015 and entitled "Update on New and Novel PSGS" is...

USCIS Asylum Division Document Dump, May 7, 2015

USCIS, May 7, 2015 : Statistical Documents Affirmative Asylum Statistics for January, February, and March 2015 NACARA Statistics for January, February, and March 2015 Credible Fear and Reasonable Fear Statistics - March 2015 Syria Stats (1993 to Q2 FY2015) Credible Fear and Reasonable...

Links to Latest (Sept. 2015) Asylum Stats from USCIS

USCIS, Dec. 8, 2015 - Statistical Documents Affirmative Asylum Stats - July 2015 (PDF) Affirmative Asylum Stats - August 2015 (PDF) Affirmative Asylum Stats - September 2015 (PDF) Credible Fear and Reasonable Fear Nationality Reports - FY15 (PDF) Credible Fear Workload Report Summary...

Latest USCIS Asylum Office Stats (Posted 2/4/16)

USCIS, Feb. 4, 2016 - Statistical Documents Asylum Office Workload - October 2015 (PDF) Asylum Office Workload - November 2015 (PDF) Asylum Office Workload - December 2015 (PDF) NACARA Cumulative Report June 1999 - October 2015 (PDF) NACARA Cumulative Report June 1999 - November 2015 ...

USCIS Asylum Division Latest Stats (May 6, 2016)

Links from the Asylum Division Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting, Friday, May 6, 2016 - Meeting Invitation (PDF) Statistical Documents Affirmative Asylum Statistics - January 2016 (PDF) Affirmative Asylum Statistics - February 2016 (PDF) Affirmative Asylum Statistics - March 2016 (PDF) Credible...

News Excerpts From the Aug. 1, 2016, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Class Certification Granted in Suit Over Legal Representation for Minors | On June 24, 2016, a federal judge granted a request to certify a class of children in an ongoing suit against the Attorney General for failing to providing legal representation. The main class certified by the court consists...

USCIS Asylum Division Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting, Nov. 4, 2016

USCIS - "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a quarterly stakeholder meeting on Friday, November 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. (Eastern) to receive updates from the Asylum Division and engage with subject matter experts during a question-and-answer session. Participation...

USCIS Asylum Division Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting, Feb. 7, 2017

USCIS, Dec. 7, 2016 - "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a quarterly stakeholder meeting on Feb. 7, 2017, from 2 to 4 p.m. (Eastern) to receive updates from the Asylum Division and engage with subject matter experts during a question-and-answer session...

Q&A from Nov. 4, 2016 USCIS Asylum Division Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting

USCIS, Nov. 4, 2016 - Questions and Answers, USCIS Asylum Division Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting, Friday, November 4, 2016

Stats, Docs from Feb. 7, 2017 USCIS Asylum Division Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting (UPDATED Mar. 6, 2017)

Stats, Docs from Feb. 7, 2017 USCIS Asylum Division Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting - Questions and Answers (PDF, 256 KB) Statistical Documents Affirmative Asylum Statistics - October 2016 (PDF, 59 KB) Affirmative Asylum Statistics - November 2016 (PDF, 59 KB) Affirmative Asylum Statistics - December...

USCIS Asylum Div. Revises Credible Fear / Reasonable Fear Lesson Plans (Feb. 2017)

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 and Torture Determinations , set to take...

Expert: 'Unprecedented' Arrest of Asylum Applicant at Miami USCIS Interview

Nicholas Kulish, NYT, June 13, 2017 - "Marco Coello, then a skinny 18-­year-­old high school student, was grabbed by plainclothes agents of the Venezuelan security services as he joined a 2014 demonstration against the government in Caracas. They put a gun to his head. They attacked him...

Q&A, Stats from May 2, 2017 USCIS Asylum Division Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting

USCIS, July 18, 2017 - Questions and Answers (PDF, 299 KB) Statistical Documents Affirmative Asylum Statistics – January 2017 (PDF, 56 KB) Affirmative Asylum Statistics – February 2017 (PDF, 178 KB) Affirmative Asylum Statistics – March 2017 (PDF, 179 KB) Credible...

Stats, Docs from Aug. 11, 2017 USCIS Asylum Division Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting

USCIS, July 13, 2017 - Statistical Documents Affirmative Asylum Statistics April 2017 (PDF, 189 KB) Affirmative Asylum Statistics May 2017 (PDF, 189 KB) Affirmative Asylum Statistics June 2017 (PDF, 189 KB) Credible Fear and Reasonable Fear Statistics and Nationality Report (PDF, 480 KB) NACARA...

How Do USCIS Asylum Officers Assess Credibility?

Thanks to a FOIA request by David Cleveland , Senior Volunteer Attorney at Catholic Charities DC, you can read the 2016 credibility training module for USCIS Asylum Officers. Thank you, David!

USCIS RAIO Directorate Training Module: Persecution

USCIS Refugee, Asylum and International Operations Officer Training Module: Definition of Persecution and Eligibility Based on Past Persecution Obtained through FOIA by David Cleveland .

Stats, Docs from Nov. 3, 2017 Asylum Division Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting

Statistical Documents Affirmative Asylum Statistics July 2017 (PDF, 156 KB) Affirmative Asylum Statistics August 2017 (PDF, 156 KB) Affirmative Asylum Statistics September 2017 (PDF, 156 KB) Credible Fear and Reasonable Fear Statistics and Nationality Report (PDF, 397 KB) NACARA Cumulative Report...