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Getting into the U.S. is not an ‘admission’ if under family unity.

In a precedent decision, the BIA reaffirmed Matter of Reza, holding that the respondent did not meet the statutory seven-year residency requirement, because acceptance into the Family Unity Program (FUP) does not constitute an admission into the United States under INA §101(a)(13)(A). Likewise, the Ninth Circuit denied a petition for review, deferring to the BIA’s decision in Matter of Reza that a grant of FUP benefits is not an admission to the U.S. for cancellation of removal purposes.

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