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EOIR Director modifies BIA case processing, creates internal deadlines

  1. Date Announced

    Oct. 1, 2019

    In Policy Memo 20-01, the EOIR Director reaches into BIA case processing and adds a host of internal processing deadlines to supplement the existing regulatory deadlines. The memo also endorses the use of summary dismissal and affirmances without opinion (AWOs), shortens the case flow process to press the BIA for faster adjudications, and increases the Director's oversight of the BIA Chair.

    [ID #218]

    See Biden administration action below.

    View Policy Document
  2. Effective Date of Change

    Oct. 1, 2019
  3. Biden Administration Action

    March 17, 2021

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

    On March 17, 2021, the Acting Director of EOIR rescinded the Trump-era policy memo that modified the BIA's case management system. Policy Memo 21-16 expressly restores the BIA's prior case management system, as described in 8 C.F.R. § 1003.1.

    Policy Memo 21-16: Cancellation of Policy Memorandum 20-01
Status: Final/Actual
Type of Action: Agency Directive
Subject Matter: Hearings and Adjudications
Agencies Affected: EOIR

Prior Policies

  • Prior to this policy, BIA internal policies were controlled by the BIA Chair.

    8 CFR § 1003.1

Biden Administration Action


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