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EOIR imposes IJ quotas and deadlines

  1. Original Date Announced

    March 30, 2018

    EOIR revises the performance work plans (PWPs) for immigration judges so the agency can now evaluate them on how many cases they complete and how quickly. For immigration judges to get a satisfactory rating under the new PWPs, they must complete at least 700 cases per year, have a BIA remand rate of less than 15%, and meet at least half of six deadline-related case completion benchmarks. [ID #162]

    EOIR Performance Plan: Adjudicative Employees Director McHenry email to IJs re new performance metrics
  2. Effective Date

    October 1, 2018
  4. Biden Administration Action: Revoked/Replaced

    October 19, 2021

    DOJ Lifts Trump-era Case Quotas for Immigration Judges

    This reported Biden administration policy revokes in its essence the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.

    On October 19, 2021, the Department of Justice is reported to have ended the system that required immigration judges to close at least 700 cases per year to get a "satisfactory" rating. The DOJ announced the agency is in the process of "developing new performance measures that will accurately reflect the workload of an immigration judge."

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Current Status

Partially in effect

Most Recent Action

October 19, 2021 Action: Revoked/Replaced DOJ Lifts Trump-era Case Quotas for Immigration Judges
October 19, 2021
Acted on by Biden Administration

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Final/Actual
Trump Administration Action: Change in Practice
Subject Matter: Hearings and Adjudications
Agencies Affected: EOIR

Pre Trump-Era Policies


  • Nat'l Assn. of Imm. Judges on how IJ quotas adversely impact on case backlog

    Nat'l Ass'n of Immigration Judges on new IJ metrics

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