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Be careful with your statements in different proceedings

In a precedent decision issued, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) held that, in making an adverse credibility determination, an Immigration Judge (IJ) can consider significant similarities between statements submitted by different applicants in different proceedings, as long as the IJ gives the applicant meaningful notice of the similarities and a reasonable opportunity to explain them prior to making a credibility determination that is based on the totality of the circumstances.

Did you file your asylum application before 2005?

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.

CA6 Upholds Asylum Denial Due to Adverse Credibility Determination

The court found there was substantial evidence that the petitioner lacked credibility in one key part of his asylum testimony, though it noted the BIA’s decision erred in a number of its other findings regarding credibility.

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