This chart shows which types of appeals of denied petitions are subject to AAO's jurisdiction, including an appeal of a denied Petition for Spouse or Child under VAWA.
EOIR Policy Manual includes Part III Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Practice Manual & is useful to those who need to appeal an adverse immigration judge decision.
$ Westlaw Edge: Asylum Case Law Sourcebook (Sept. 2020 update)
Subject-arranged federal court case abstracts re. asylum issues. Abstracts link to texts of decisions. Searchable.
Tips: Text & footnotes of legal treatises such as $ Lexis+: Immigration Law and Procedure + $ Westlaw Edge: Law of Asylum in the United States & Steel on Immigration Law discuss/link to key decisions.
Law students who obtain free membership in AILA can access $ AILALink, which provides Kurzban's Immigration Law Sourcebook. Kurzban's highlights many court and administrative decisions. Asylum researchers can identify pertinent decisions through AILA's Asylum Primer: A Practical Guide to U.S. Asylum Law and Procedure. AILA conference publications also highlight recent decisions. Example: Immigration Practice Pointers (2020-21 ed.) includes "Hot Topics in Removal: Case Law Updates" & "Post-Matter of A–B– Particular Social Group Asylum Strategies." See also guide section: Books.
U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) > Administrative Appeals Office (AAO):
Links to AAO Decisions, grouped by non-precedent, precedent & "adopted" decisions. This site explains that USCIS "occasionally 'adopts' an AAO non-precedent decision to provide policy guidance for USCIS personnel."
Full-text search page for AAO non-precedent decisions (from 2005-)
AAO precedent decisions are available as published in vols. 8-27 of I. & N. Dec. This is a list of vols., not a searchable database.
"Adopted" AAO decisions from 2005- are available on the AAO Decisions page.
Links to an Appeals Resources page, which includes filing information, AAO-related regulations, and AAO-related policy memoranda.
U.S. Dep't. of Justice > Executive Office for Immigration Review > Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA):
AG/BIA Decisions Listing (accessible by volume # of I. & N. Dec. or by searching multiple indexes)
$ AILALink: Law students who obtain free membership in AILA can access $ AILALink & $ Fastcase Premium.
Tip for asylum law researchers: Log in to $ AILALink & click button: Documents @ top of screen. Click menu option: Court and Admin Decisions > click: Asylum Cases by Topic.
To find decisions: Click: "search AILALink." Researchers can "filter search" by menu option: Court and Admin Decisions.
Search options include: Advanced Search (provides a template), Boolean Search (search sceen includes Search Syntax Guide noting that the multiple character wild card in $ AILALink = *, for example: persecut*) & Find a Case (by case name or cite).
$ Lexis+ > Practice Center > Immigration > box: Top Sources includes Case Law--Federal Courts + Administrative Agency Decisions. Click either Case Law--Federal Courts or Administrative Agency Decisions to access narrower, searchable databases.
Narrower, searchable databases under Administrative Agency Decisions include:
U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services: Immigration Precedent Decisions AAO/AAU (1940-)
U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services: Immigration Non-Precedent Decisions AAO/AAU
U.S. Dep't. of Justice/Executive Office for Immigration Review/Board of Immigration Appeals: Immigration Precedent Decisions: BIA (1940-)
U.S. Dep't. of Justice/Executive Office for Immigration Review/Board of Immigration Appeals: Immigration Non-Precedent Decisions: BIA
U.S. Dep't. of Justice/Executive Office for Immigration Review: Office of Chief Admin. Hearing Officer Immigration Review Decisions (Mar. 11, 1988-)
Tip: to search 1 or more of these narrower databases from the Lexis+ > Practice Center > Immigration home screen search box, click the magnifying glass icon to the right of a database name, e.g., Immigration Precedent Decisions: BIA. Then, a researcher will see the message: "Immigration Precedent Decisions: BIA added to filter." Now, the researcher can search Immigration Precedent Decisions: BIA from the Lexis+ > Practice Center > Immigration home screen search box at the top of the page.
U.S. Dep't. of Labor/Board of Alien Labor Certification: Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals Decisions (Feb. 11, 1987-)
Narrower, searchable databases under Administrative Decisions & Guidance include:
U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services: Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) Decisions (1989-)
U.S. Dep't. of Justice/Executive Office for Immigration Review/Board of Immigration Appeals: Board of Immigration Appeals Decisions (Aug. 1940-) provides BIA decisions + reviews of decisions by the U.S. Attorney General.
U.S. Dep't. of Justice/Executive Office for Immigration Review: Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer Decisions (Mar. 1988-)