Craig Symons, Chief Counsel, Office of the Chief Counsel

Experience and Achievements

Craig Symons has been appointed as chief of the Office of the Chief Counsel.

Symons previously served as an advisor to DHS Secretary Kelly. Prior to that he served as a branch chief at the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO), where he oversaw H, L, E-13, CW, E-2 and N-470 appeals. He previously served as a supervisor and an officer at the AAO, and was detailed to Refugee, Asylum and International Operations (RAIO) to work as a refugee officer and overseas adjudications officer in Thailand.  

Symons began his legal career as an attorney with Krupin Greenbaum & O’Brien in Washington, D.C., representing numerous national and international corporations, including Fortune 500 companies, in the area of business immigration.


Symons earned a Juris Doctor from The George Washington University Law School, a bachelor’s degree in international studies from Maryville College, and a Korean language completion certificate from Sogang University in Seoul, Korea.

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