Electronic Reading Room

The USCIS Electronic Reading Room provides access to information identified under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). We will update the Electronic Reading Room when documents are requested 3 or more times, or when we proactively identify documents likely requested for release.

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IRFA (International Religious Freedom Act) and Religious Persecution LP (RAIO) (PDF, 606 KB)
This module introduces you to the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA) and the responsibilities that the Act creates for adjudicating protection claims. The training you receive will also be useful in adjudicating immigration benefits, petitions, and other immigration-related requests. Through reading and discussing country conditions information, you will increase your awareness of religious freedom issues around the world. Through discussion and practical exercises, you will learn how to conduct an interview and adjudicate a claim with a religious freedom issue.
LGBTI Claims LP (RAIO) (PDF, 720 KB)
This module provides guidelines for adjudicating and considering immigration benefits, petitions, protections, or other immigration-related requests by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex, (LGBTI) individuals. The module addresses the legal analysis of claims that involve LGBTI applicants as well as related interviewing considerations.
Persecution LP (RAIO) (PDF, 726 KB)
This module discusses the definition of persecution and the determination as to whether an act constitutes persecution.
Refugee Definition LP (RAIO) (PDF, 455 KB)
This module discusses the definition of a refugee as codified in the Immigration and Nationality Act and its interpretation in administrative and judicial case law.
Trafficking LP (RAIO) (PDF, 650 KB)
This module provides guidelines for adjudicating requests for benefits by victims of trafficking. Issues addressed include indicators that may demonstrate an individual is a victim of trafficking, specific assistance and benefits available to victims of trafficking as well as guidelines for sensitive interview techniques.
Overview of UNHCR and Concepts of Refugee Protection LP (RAIO) (PDF, 950 KB)
This module describes the development of international protection of refugees and other individuals over the course of the 20th century and explains the role of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other international actors in providing this protection. The module describes the elements of international protection, who is in need of international protection, and who provides international protection. Lastly, this module explains the role UNHCR plays in relation to the United States regarding U.S. refugee resettlement, asylum, and other protection issues.
Well Founded Fear LP (RAIO) (PDF, 561 KB)
This module discusses the definition of a refugee as codified in the Immigration and Nationality Act and its interpretation in administrative and judicial case law. The primary focus of this module is the determination as to whether an applicant has established a reasonable possibility of suffering future harm in the country of nationality or last habitual residence.
Interviewing - Survivors of Torture LP (RAIO) (PDF, 430 KB)
This lesson provides background information on torture, including what is meant by the term “torture,” the motives and methods of torturers, and the recovery of survivors. The lesson focuses primarily on the effects of torture and severe trauma and how these effects can affect the interview process. Through discussion and practical exercises, you will gain exposure to effective interviewing techniques and the effects of secondary trauma.
Discretion LP (RAIO) (PDF, 467 KB)
This module provides guidelines for adjudicating immigration benefits or other immigration-related requests that are subject to the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The module addresses the basis for determining when discretion is warranted and for performing the legal analysis of claims that involve discretion.
Visa Retrogression - AILA (PDF, 579 KB)
USCIS Responses to Questions from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
Question and Answer Session from Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) Policy Clarifications Engagement (PDF, 189 KB)
Question and Answer Session from the Special Immigrant (SIJ) Policy Clarifications Engagement where USCIS provided an overview of the SIJ clarifications adopted as policy in the three Adopted Decisions of the AAO and contained in the Policy Manual Update.
Proposed Fee Schedule - Bussey (PDF, 397 KB)
Correspondence requesting an extension of the comment period.
Proposed Fee Schedule - Representative Torres (PDF, 944 KB)
Correspondence requesting an extension of the comment period.
H-4, OPT and B Visas - Blackwell (PDF, 650 KB)
Correspondence regarding the status of new regulations.
DACA - Vazquez-Ramos (PDF, 430 KB)
Correspondence regarding the discontinued approval of advance parole on the basis of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
Defining residence - Representative Escobar (PDF, 2.47 MB)
Correspondence regarding the policy update on section 320 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
2019 IIUSA EB-5 Industry Forum (PDF, 231 KB)
Remarks from Immigrant Investor Program Office (IPO) Chief, Sarah M. Kendall.
TPS - Venezuela - Anderson (PDF, 1.18 MB)
Correspondence requesting the extension of Temporary Protected Status for Venezuela.
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) - Governor Torres (PDF, 638 KB)
Correspondence regarding the CNMI-Only Transitional Worker Program and the Workforce Act.
O and P visas - Dorning (PDF, 480 KB)
Correspondence regarding the O and P visa petition process, specifically the O visa Negative Consultation Program.
Asylum Eligibility and Procedural Modifications - Hahn (PDF, 1.07 MB)
Correspondence regarding opposition to interim final rule.
Affirmative Asylum (XLSX, 9.09 MB)
Asylum applications processed by USCIS officers since January 1, 2013 - October 9, 2019 showing basis of claims and outcomes.
Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) - Representative Velazquez (PDF, 5.61 MB)
Correspondence regarding the TPS and DED programs.
Filipino World War II Veterans Parole (FMVP) - Representative Case (PDF, 2.41 MB)
Correspondence regarding the termination of the FMVP program.
H-1B electronic registration - Dalal-Dheini (PDF, 494 KB)
Correspondence regarding the use of electronic registration for fiscal year 2021.
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