Administrative Appeals Office [Immigration] Law and Legal Definition

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service’s (USCIS) Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) adjudicates appeals under authority delegated to the USCIS by the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. The AAO provides timely, consistent, and accurate resolution of appeals through written decisions that are fair, impartial, and legally supportable.

The functions of the AAO include:

a. to ensure consistency and accuracy in the interpretation of immigration laws, regulations, and policies;

b. to maintain awareness of developments in applicable case law, regulations, statutes, and policies;

c. to strive for efficiency and timely resolution in processing each appeal; and

d. to recommend the publication of precedent decisions to clarify adjudication issues.