The Asylum Division of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) adjudicates applications for asylum, benefits pursuant to Section 203 of the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA § 203), withholding of removal under the terms of a settlement agreement reached in a class action,1 and screening determinations for safe third country, credible fear, and reasonable fear. The Asylum Division historically used the Refugees, Asylum, and Parole System (RAPS) and the Asylum Pre-Screening System (APSS) in support of its mission critical functions. Both systems were originally developed by the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). The Asylum Division is seeking to retire APSS and RAPS and use Global, operating in a cloud-based environment, to serve as the primary IT case management system for the administration of affirmative asylum, NACARA § 203, withholding of removal under the terms of a settlement agreement reached in a class action, credible fear, and reasonable cases. USCIS is updating this Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) because the Asylum Division uses the new cloud-based Global system and has migrated records, containing personally identifiable information (PII), from APSS and RAPS into Global in order to conduct its adjudications.
- DHS/USCIS-001 Alien File, Index, and National File Tracking System of Records
- DHS/USCIS-018 Immigration Biometric and Background Check (IBBC) System of Records
- DHS/USCIS-010 Asylum Information and Pre-Screening System of Records