Precedent Decisions [Immigration] Law and Legal Definition

Precedent decisions refer to administrative decisions of the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO), the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), and the Attorney General, which are selected and designated as precedent by the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the BIA, and the Attorney General. They are published by the Department of Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) in bound volumes and entitled as Administrative Decisions under Immigration and Nationality Laws of the United States. Precedent decisions are legally binding on the DHS components responsible for enforcing immigration laws in all proceedings involving the same issue or issues.