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USCIS raises standard for initial credible fear and reasonable fear interviews

  1. Original Date Announced

    February 13, 2017

    USCIS issues revised lesson plans for training asylum officers, eliminating language reminding officers that credible fear interviews (CFI) and reasonable fear interviews (RFI) are only initial screening interviews rather than full adjudications. The asylum officer is required to make a full credible/reasonable fear determination at the initial interview in place of finding a significant possibility that an immigration judge would later find that the applicant had established a credible/reasonable fear of persecution. [ID# 9]

    USCIS Memo: Release of Updated Asylum Division Officer Training Course Lesson Plans
  2. Effective Date

    February 27, 2017

Current Status

Not in effect

Original Trump Policy Status

Trump Administration Action: Change in Practice
Subject Matter: Asylum, Withholding and CAT
Agencies Affected: USCIS

Pre Trump-Era Policies

  • February 13, 2017

    At an initial interview, asylum officers previously needed to find only a "significant possibility" that, in a full hearing, an Immigration Judge could deem the applicant credible.

    Credible Fear Screening


  • 2017.03.08 CNN Politics: Trump admin quietly made asylum more difficult in the US

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