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Court Defers to BIA’s Interpretation of Good Moral Character Requirements

The Fifth Circuit held that the BIA did not err in concluding that a petitioner cannot establish good moral character if he has been incarcerated for 180 days or more, regardless of the nature of the underlying crime of conviction. The court also upheld the BIA’s interpretation that INA §240A(b)(1) requires the petitioner to establish good moral character during the 10 years immediately preceding the final administrative decision of the IJ or BIA on the petitioner’s application, as opposed to the 10 years preceding service of the NTA.

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