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If Asylum Officer does not find a credible fear of persecution or torture, the individual can request review by an Immigration Judge of the negative decision.  If no review is requested or the Immigration Judge concurs with the negative decision, the individual will be removed from the United States.  Generally, there is no review of the Immigration Judge’s determination that the individual does not have a credible fear of persecution or torture.  If the Immigration Judge finds a credible fear of persecution or torture, the case will be referred for a full hearing.

Last Reviewed/Updated: 
09/26/2008