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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 .

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...

Will More Asylum Seekers Be Turned Away?

"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" of winning an asylum case before a judge. In a...

Credible Fear Lesson Plan 'Undermines the Asylum Process' - Bill Ong Hing

"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 47-page Lesson Plan and am deeply troubled by its...