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DHS/USCIS RIN: 1615-AA41 Publication ID: Spring 2013 
Title: Asylum and Withholding Definitions 
Abstract: This rule proposes to amend Department of Homeland Security regulations that govern asylum eligibility. The amendments focus on portions of the regulations that deal with the definitions of membership in a particular social group, the requirements for failure of State protection, and determinations about whether persecution is inflicted on account of a protected ground. This rule codifies long-standing concepts of the definitions. It clarifies that gender can be a basis for membership in a particular social group. It also clarifies that a person who has suffered or fears domestic violence may under certain circumstances be eligible for asylum on that basis. After the Board of Immigration Appeals published a decision on this issue in 1999, Matter of R-A-, Int. Dec. 3403 (BIA 1999), it became clear that the governing regulatory standards required clarification. The Department of Justice began this regulatory initiative by publishing a proposed rule addressing these issues in 2000. 
Agency: Department of Homeland Security(DHS)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 8 CFR 2    8 CFR 208   
Legal Authority: 8 USC 1103    8 USC 1158    8 USC 1226    8 USC 1252    8 USC 1282   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  12/07/2000  65 FR 76588   
NPRM Comment Period End  01/22/2001    
NPRM  12/00/2013 
Additional Information: CIS No. 2092-00 Transferred from RIN 1115-AF92
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Ted Kim
Deputy Chief, Asylum Division, Office of Refugee, Asylum, and International Operations
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
20 Massachusetts Avenue, NW., Suite 6030,
Washington, DC 20259
Phone:202 272-1614
Fax:202 272-1994

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