Revisions to Categories of Asylum Cases that Require USCIS Headquarters Review

A memo from the Chief of the Asylum Division of USCIS was released on January 27, 2014 outlining and explaining changes to the list of revised categories of asylum cases that require a review by USCIS Headquarters prior to approval. These revisions are effectively immediately and can be seen below.

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Gender Cases – Dropped from HQ review list

Cases involving National Security Concern – Remain on HQ review list

Terrorism-Related Inadmissibility Grounds (TRIG) – all cases that would be granted but for TRIG bar, regardless of whether exemption is available

Persecutor-related issues – grants and all referrals and Notices of Intent to Deny (NOID) of credible applicants

Juvenilles – only juvenille (under 18) referrals, NOIDS and denials require HQ review

Cases with a Prior Denial by EOIR – by grants only will require HQ review

Cases that would be granted but for the firm resettlement bar – added to HQ review list

Safe Third Country (STC) Agreement – any case in which evidence indicates the STC agreement may apply has been added to HQ review list

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