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United States Board of Immigration Appeals

The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA or Board) is the highest administrative body for interpreting and applying immigration laws. It is composed of 11 Board Members, including the Chairman and Vice Chairman who share responsibility for Board management. The Board is located at EOIR headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia. Generally, the Board does not conduct courtroom proceedings - it decides appeals by conducting a "paper review" of cases. On rare occasions, however, the Board does hear oral arguments of appealed cases, predominately at headquarters.  Website:
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Matter of S-A-K- and H-A-H-

Matter of Chen, 20 I&N Dec. 16 (BIA 1989), followed.

5 March 2008 | Judicial Body: United States Board of Immigration Appeals | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Female genital mutilation (FGM) - Social group persecution | Countries: Somalia - United States of America

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