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DOJ/EOIR RIN: 1125-AB08 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Asylum Eligibility and Public Health 

On December 23, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice (collectively, "the Departments") published a final rule titled Security Bars and Processing to clarify that the "danger to the security of the United States" statutory bar to eligibility for asylum and withholding of removal encompasses certain emergency public health concerns and make certain other changes.  As of December 28, 2022, the rule’s effective date was delayed until December 31, 2024. The Departments plan to propose modification or withdrawal of the December 23, 2020 rule.

Agency: Department of Justice(DOJ)  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 208    8 CFR 1003    8 CFR 1208    8 CFR 1235   
Legal Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1101    8 U.S.C. 1103    8 U.S.C. 1158    8 U.S.C. 1226    8 U.S.C. 1252    8 U.S.C. 1282    Pub. L. 110-229, title VII   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Final Action  12/23/2020  85 FR 84160   
Final Action Effective  01/22/2021 
Delay of Effective Date  01/25/2021  86 FR 6847   
Effective Date Delayed Until  03/22/2021 
Delay of Effective Date  03/22/2021  86 FR 15069   
Effective Date Delayed Until   12/31/2021 
Interim Final Rule  12/28/2021  86 FR 73615   
Effective Date Delayed Until   12/31/2022 
Delay of Effective Date  12/28/2022  87 FR 79789   
NPRM  11/00/2023 
Effective Date Delayed Until  12/31/2024 
Additional Information: EOIR Docket No. 20-0012
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related RINs: Related to 1615-AC57  Related Agencies: Joint: DHS; 
Agency Contact:
Raechel Horowitz
Chief, Immigration Law Division, Office of Policy
Department of Justice
Executive Office for Immigration Review
5107 Leesburg Pike, Suite 1800,
Falls Church, VA 22041
Phone:703 305-0289