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DHS/USCIS RIN: 1615-AC59 Publication ID: Spring 2023 
Title: Asylum Interview Interpreter Requirement Modification Due to COVID-19 

The Department of Homeland Security previously issued a temporary final rule that modified certain regulatory requirements to help ensure that USCIS may continue with affirmative asylum adjudications during the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, the temporary final rule first issued by DHS on September 23, 2020, temporarily modified regulations to provide that asylum applicants who cannot proceed with the interview in English are no longer required to provide interpreters at the asylum interview but rather must ordinarily proceed with USCIS-provided telephonic interpreters. DHS first extended this temporary final rule on March 22, 2021, through September 20, 2021. DHS extended this temporary final rule for a second time on September 17, 2021, through March 16, 2022, and again on March 16, 2022, through March 16, 2023. On March 17, 2023, DHS further extended this temporary final rule through September 12, 2023, and does not plan to further extend this temporary final rule.



Agency: Department of Homeland Security(DHS)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 8 CFR 208   
Legal Authority: The Homeland Security Act of 2002 (HSA), Pub. L. 107-296, as amended    INA 103(a)(1), 8 U.S.C. 1103(a)(1)    INA 208(d)(5)(B), 8 U.S.C. 1158(d)(5)(B)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Temporary Final Rule  09/23/2020  85 FR 59655   
Temporary Final Rule Effective 09/23/2020 Through 03/22/2021  09/23/2020 
Temporary File Rule; Extension  03/22/2021  86 FR 15072   
Temporary Final Rule Effective 03/22/2021 Through 09/20/2021  03/22/2021 
Temporary File Rule; Extension  09/17/2021  86 FR 51781   
Temporary Final Rule Effective 9/20/2021 Through 3/16/2022  09/20/2021 
Temporary Final Rule; Extension   03/16/2022  87 FR 14757   
Temporary Final Rule Effective 03/16/2022 Through 3/16/2023  03/16/2022 
Temporary Final Rule; Extension   03/17/2023  88 FR 16372   
Temporary Final Rule Effective 03/16/2023 Through 09/12/2023  09/00/2023 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
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RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Rena Cutlip-Mason
Chief, Division of Humanitarian Affairs, OP&S
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
5900 Capital Gateway Drive,
Camp Springs, MD 20746
Phone:240 721-3000