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Asylum Processing Rule Cohort Reports

On May 31, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Justice (DOJ) began implementing a rule to ensure that those subject to expedited removal who are eligible for asylum are granted relief quickly and those who are not are promptly removed. By establishing a process for the efficient and thorough review of asylum claims, the new rule aims to reduce existing immigration court backlogs and to shorten the adjudication process to several months. The rule is being implemented in a phased manner, beginning with a small number of individuals, and continues to grow as USCIS builds operational capacity.

The report on this page describes processing and outcomes under the new rule for noncitizens identified as potentially suitable for placement in the rule, as well as demographic information about the population placed in the rule. Currently, individuals who may be processed under the rule include single adults who are non-rare language speakers and whose intended destination is one of nine destination cities (Arlington, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Newark, and San Francisco).
Data in this report are organized by cohort based on the month of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) encounter, rather than by the date of each subsequent event. For example, data in each month describe case outcomes for individuals encountered in that month, regardless of when their fear claims or Asylum Merits Interview (AMI) cases, or Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) cases were adjudicated. 

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Asylum Processing Rule Cohort Report - July 2023 XLSX 62.37 KB 10/12/2023
Last Updated: 11/20/2023
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