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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...

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...