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DHS/USCIS RIN: 1615-AC86 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: ●Refugee Appearances and Interviews 

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will propose to amend its regulations governing appearances for inquiry by individuals applying for classification as refugees in order to be admitted to the United States in that status.  This proposal would clarify the general requirement that refugee applicants 14 years of age and older appear for inquiry, which includes, but is not limited to, an interview under oath by an immigration officer.  It also would provide U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services greater flexibility by giving immigration officers the discretion to waive the applicant’s appearance for inquiry entirely or in part, and by clarifying that immigration officers may conduct interviews remotely.

Agency: Department of Homeland Security(DHS)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 8 CFR 207.2(a)   
Legal Authority: 6 U.S.C. 111    6 U.S.C. 251    6 U.S.C. 271(b)    6 U.S.C. 551(d)(2)    8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(42)    8 U.S.C. 1103(a)(1)    8 U.S.C. 1157(c)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  06/00/2024 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
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:
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