The New Asylum Rule on Credible Fear Screenings and Consideration of Asylum Claims by USCIS Officers FAQs for Immigration Practitioners
The Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, and the Department of Justice, or DOJ, have jointly issued an interim final rule that revises the processing of certain applications. These include applications for asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture, or CAT. The purpose of the new rule is to speed up the asylum process, with the goal of completing it within six months. The FAQs below address many of the concerns and questions raised by practitioners about how the new regulations will affect their clients.