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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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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.
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.
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.
This module provides guidelines for adjudicating children’s claims. Issues addressed include guidelines for child-sensitive interview techniques and considerations for the legal analysis of claims involving child applicants. While the legal analysis sections specifically address refugee and asylum claims, other sections, including those that address child development and procedural issues, are relevant to claims made by children for other immigration benefits.
Through discussion and practical exercises, this training module instructs students on how to elicit information from an interviewee in a non-adversarial manner: how to probe appropriately to elicit necessary information, the types of questions to ask, and questioning techniques to use.
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.
USCIS Responses to Questions from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
Correspondence regarding the termination of the FWVP program. 
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.
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