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Law360, New York (September 15, 2016, 10:12 PM EDT) — Applications for asylum, withholding of removal and protection under the Convention Against Torture are no longer required to be filed at a master calendar hearing and can instead be filed in-office or by mail, according to a Wednesday memo from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review.
A memorandum penned by Chief Immigration Judge Michael C. McGoings says the portions of prior policy memoranda requiring applications to be filed at a hearing are rescinded effective immediately. The memo says court staff should provide the…