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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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USCIS’ Listening Session with the National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE) (PDF, 90 KB)
Firm Resettlement LP (RAIO) (PDF, 828 KB)
This module provides an overview of the firm resettlement bars for asylum and refugee resettlement. The module addresses the similarities and differences between these two bars and their exceptions. This module also includes an explanation of the BIA’s four-step framework for analyzing evidence under the firm resettlement bar.
Interviewing – Intro to the NonAdversarial Interview LP (RAIO) (PDF, 840 KB)
This module describes the main components of an interview for all RAIO adjudications.
Interviewing – Note Taking LP (RAIO) (PDF, 781 KB)
This module outlines the importance of taking clear and comprehensive notes during the interview, the characteristics of proper notes, and procedures for proper note-taking.
IRFA (International Religious Freedom Act) and Religious Persecution LP (RAIO) (PDF, 1,003 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.
Refugee Definition LP (RAIO) (PDF, 762 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.
UNHCR (Overview of UNHCR and Concepts of Refugee Protection) (RAIO) (PDF, 965 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, 953 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.
New England Center for Business Development - Senator Collins (PDF, 680 KB)
Unlawful presence - Senator Murray (PDF, 1.06 MB)
CNMI Parole - Representative Sablan (PDF, 779 KB)
DACA, Veterans, and Social Security - Representative O Halleran (PDF, 1.52 MB)
Work Authorization extensions for individuals with TPS from Haiti, El Salvador, and Syria - Bussey (PDF, 1.74 MB)
November 2018 FOIA Log (PDF, 3.73 MB)
TPS El Salvador - Senator Ernst (PDF, 2.59 MB)
Total number of current I-821 Temporary Protected Status (TPS) individuals as of November 29, 2018 (XLSX, 23 KB)
This report presents the total number of current I-821 Temporary Protected Status (TPS) individuals, excluding those who became United States citizens, listed by country of designation and by the beneficiaries' state as of November 29, 2018.
U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) for Afgan and Iraqi interpreters and translators - Representative Denham (PDF, 1.23 MB)
U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) screening - Representative Hunter (PDF, 2.88 MB)
USCIS Updated Policy Guidance on Notice to Appear (NTA) (PDF, 3.96 MB)
I-140 for Nostromo, LLC - Butera (PDF, 2.30 MB)
U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) Protection Transfer Arrangement (PTA) - Representative Torres (PDF, 1.19 MB)
American healthcare worker shortage - Dingle Costantini (PDF, 715 KB)
U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) FY2019 admissions ceiling - Anderson (PDF, 1.60 MB)
Selective Service section of the N-400 - Benton (PDF, 788 KB)
TPS El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Haiti, Sudan and Nepal - Representative Coffman (PDF, 999 KB)
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