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USCIS updates its policy manual with guidance on terminating asylee status at adjustment of status

  1. Original Date Announced

    August 21, 2020

    USCIS updates its policy manual with procedures by which USCIS officer adjudicating an asylee’s adjustment of status application may identify a basis for terminating the applicant's asylum status, including that USCIS may terminate asylum status if USCIS or legacy Immigration and Naturalization Services granted asylum status, but not if asylum was grant by an immigration judge. The update further adds that termination of asylum status for a principal asylee also results in termination of any derivative’s asylum status, if the derivative asylee has not yet adjusted to lawful permanent resident status. It also outlines how officers should handle termination cases for aliens residing in the Ninth Circuit. [ID# 1022]

    2020.08.21 USCIS Policy Alert Clarifying Procedures for Terminating Asylum Status in Relation to Consideration of an Application for Adjustment of Status
  2. Effective Date

    August 21, 2020

Current Status

Fully in Effect

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Final/Actual
Trump Administration Actions: Agency Directive Change in Practice
Subject Matter: Asylum, Withholding and CAT
Agencies Affected: USCIS ICE EOIR

Pre Trump-Era Policies

  • May 21, 2020

    The prior policy manual contained no guidance on derivatives or on cases governed by Nijjar v. Holder, 689 F.3d 1077 (9th Cir. 2012). That court held that USCIS cannot terminate asylum for non-citizens residing within the jurisdiction of the Ninth Circuit, but rather, the asylum office must issues a NOIT with an NTA, referring the termination of asylum status to ICE to pursue in removal proceedings.

    USCIS Chapter 6 - Termination of Status and Notice to Appear Considerations

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