In a precedent decision issued today, the BIA held that where an applicant filed an asylum application before the May 11, 2005, effective date of the REAL ID Act of 2005, and, on or after that date, submitted a subsequent application that is properly viewed as a new application, the later filing date controls for purposes of determining the applicability of INA §208(b)(1)(B)(iii) to credibility determinations. The BIA further held that a subsequent asylum application is properly viewed as a new application if it presents a previously unraised basis for relief, or is predicated on a new or substantially different factual basis.

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Did you file your asylum application before 2005?