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DOJ/EOIR RIN: 1125-AB20 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Procedures for Credible Fear Screening and Consideration of Asylum, Withholding of Removal and CAT Protection Claims by Asylum Officers 

On August 20, 2021, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) (collectively the "Departments") published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM or proposed rule) 86 FR 46906 that proposed amending regulations governing the procedures for determining certain protection claims and available parole procedures for certain individuals subject to expedited removal and found to have a credible fear of persecution or torture. After a careful review of the comments received, on March 29, 2022, the Departments issued an interim final rule (rule or IFR) that responds to comments received in response to the NPRM and adopts the proposed rule with changes (87 FR 18078). Significantly, the IFR established timelines for the consideration of applications for asylum and related protection by DHS’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and, as needed, DOJ’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR). The IFR also provided that DHS will refer noncitizens whose applications are denied by USCIS to EOIR for streamlined removal proceedings. The Departments solicited further public comment on the IFR, which the Departments intend to consider and address in a final rule.

Agency: Department of Justice(DOJ)  Priority: Section 3(f)(1) Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 8 CFR 208    8 CFR 212    8 CFR 235    8 CFR 1003    8 CFR 1208    8 CFR 1230    8 CFR 1235    8 CFR 1240   
Legal Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1103(g)    8 U.S.C. 1158(b)(2)(C)    8 U.S.C. 1158(d)(5)(B)    8 U.S.C. 1225    8 U.S.C. 1231(b)(3)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  08/20/2021  86 FR 46906   
Correction  10/18/2021  86 FR 57611   
NPRM Comment Period End  10/19/2021 
Interim Final Rule  03/29/2022  87 FR 18078   
Interim Final Rule Effective  05/31/2022 
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End  05/31/2022 
Final Action  04/00/2024 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related RINs: Related to 1615-AC67  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