Scheme Nickname: 
U.S. Citizen & Immigration Services Administrative Appeals Office

When an individual's application or petition for immigration benefits is denied, certain denial decisions can be appealed to the officer who made the initial decision. If the reviewing official decides that action favorable to the applicant will not be taken, the appeal is forwarded to the U.S. Citizen & Immigration Services Administrative Appeals Office (AAO). The applicant may request an oral argument before the AAO and give reasons showing why an oral hearing is necessary.

No further administrative appeal shall lie from the AAO's decision, nor may the petition be filed or reopened before an immigration judge or the Board of Immigration Appeals during exclusion or deportation proceedings.

See 8 CFR 103.3

Adjudication Levels: 
LevelName of OfficeSub-Agency/Bureau/Division:Are administrative appeals permitted from final decisions at this stage?
Hearing Level
U.S. Citizen & Immigration Services
Types of Adjudication: 
Type B
Verified by Agency: 
Not verified
Is this a Major Adjudication: