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DOJ/EOIR RIN: 1125-AA58 Publication ID: Fall 2018 
Title: Board of Immigration Appeals: Affirmance Without Opinion, Referral for Three-Board-Member Review, and Publication of Decisions as Precedents  

These revisions implement, in part, the Attorney General's August 9, 2006, Memorandum for Immigration Judges and Members of the Board of Immigration Appeals (Board). This final rule establishes that the Board may issue an affirmance without opinion (AWO) in the exercise of its discretion when it is satisfied that certain regulatory criteria are met. This provision also permits the Board to better manage its docket, budget its resources, and balance its competing adjudicatory responsibilities by allowing the Board to determine what type of decision to issue in a particular case. This regulation clarifies that the Board's decision to issue an AWO, or any other type of decision, does not create personal rights and is not independently reviewable. In addition, this rule permits three-Board-member review of a small class of particularly complex cases. The rule provides the Board with the discretion to assess its resources, and where it deems appropriate, devote more of its resources to address complex or unusual issues of law or fact by referring a case for review by a three-member panel. Finally, this rule amends the regulations relating to precedent decisions of the Board, by authorizing publication of decisions either by a majority of Board Members on a panel or by a majority of permanent Board Members. With these tools, the Board can better manage its docket, budget its resources, and balance its competing adjudicatory responsibilities.

Agency: Department of Justice(DOJ)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Other 
CFR Citation: 8 CFR 1003.1   
Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301    6 U.S.C. 521    8 U.S.C. 1101    8 U.S.C. 1103    8 U.S.C. 1154    8 U.S.C. 1155    8 U.S.C. 1158    8 U.S.C. 1182    8 U.S.C. 1226    8 U.S.C. 1229    8 U.S.C. 1229(a)    8 U.S.C. 1229(b)    8 U.S.C. 1229(c)    8 U.S.C. 1231    8 U.S.C. 1254(a)    8 U.S.C. 1255    8 U.S.C. 1324(d)    8 U.S.C. 1330    8 U.S.C. 1361    8 U.S.C. 1362    28 U.S.C. 509    28 U.S.C. 510    28 U.S.C. 1746    Reorg Plan No 2 of 1950, sec 2, 3 CFR 1949 to 1953 Comp, p 1002    Pub. L. 105-100, sec 203, 111 Stat 2196-200    Pub. L. 106-386, sec 1506 and 1510, 114 Stat 1527 to 1529, 1531 to 1532    Pub. L. 106-554, sec 1505, 114 Stat 2763A-326 to 2763A-328    ...   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  06/18/2008  73 FR 34654   
NPRM Comment Period End  08/18/2008    
Final Action  05/00/2019 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Lauren Alder Reid
Assistant Director, Office of Policy
Department of Justice
Executive Office for Immigration Review
5107 Leesburg Pike, Suite 1800,
Falls Church, VA 22041
Phone:703 305-0289