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DHS/USCIS RIN: 1615-AC48 Publication ID: Fall 2019 
Title: ●Implementing Bilateral and Multilateral Cooperative and Burden-Sharing Agreements Pursuant With Countries Other Than Canada 

The Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security (DOJ, DHS, or collectively, the Departments) are modifying existing regulations to allow asylum officers to consider cooperative, burden-sharing agreements with countries other than Canada.  In 2004, following an agreement between the United States and Canada that would allow the United States to return certain asylum seekers to Canada for review of their asylum claim, DHS and DOJ promulgated regulations that established USCIS asylum officers’ authority to make threshold determinations in the expedited removal context concerning the applicability of the agreement with Canada. DOJ immigration judges were accorded similar authority in applying the U.S.-Canada Agreement in removal proceedings under section 240 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). This rule would extend the authority of asylum officers to consider cooperative, burden-sharing agreements reached with countries other than Canada, while clarifying that application of section 208(a)(2)(A) of the INA in relation to such other agreements is not limited to aliens arriving at a land border port of entry and providing for a procedure for considering claims of fear of removal to a third country under section 208(a)(2)(A).

Agency: Department of Homeland Security(DHS)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined 
EO 13771 Designation: Other 
CFR Citation: 8 CFR 208    8 CFR 1003 and 1240   
Legal Authority: INA 103(a)(1), (3), (g)(1)-(2)    INA 208(a)(2)(A)    INA 208(d)(5)(B)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  11/00/2019 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
International Impacts: This regulatory action will be likely to have international trade and investment effects, or otherwise be of international interest.
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Lauren Alder Reid
Assistant Director, Office of Policy, DOJ EOIR
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
5107 Leesburg Pike, Suite 2616,
Falls Church, VA 20530
Phone:703 305-0289