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Court Remands for BIA to Explain Why It Did Not Apply Sanchez-Sosa Factors to Remand Request

The Eighth Circuit remanded for the BIA to explain why it denied the petitioner’s motion to reopen and reconsider after the petitioner had provided proof of his filing of a U visa application, when Matter of Sanchez-Sosa suggests that a completed application weighs in favor of pausing the removal process to await adjudication of the U visa.

Court Upholds BIA Denial to Certify Ineffective Assistance of Counsel Claim Because It Is Not Subject to Judicial Review

In a case of first impression, the Ninth Circuit held ineffective assistance certifications are committed to agency discretion by the plain language of 8 CFR §1003.1(c), which contains no standard or meaningful guidance sufficient for judicial review.

Court Grants Review of BIA Denial of Cancellation, Holds Findings Were Not Supported by Record and BIA Failed to Apply Appropriate Standard of Review

he Sixth Circuit determined the BIA erred in finding new evidence was previously available and that the BIA failed to consider hardship ground raised in the Motion to Reopen, instead offering a cursory analysis that didn’t allow for meaningful review. The court remanded the case to properly apply the law. The court also addressed petitioner’s argument that no jurisdiction was vested in the immigration judge, BIA, or court because the Notice to Appear failed to state the time and place of the hearing, holding that jurisdiction was vested and distinguishing the stop-time rule in Pereira.

Court Remands to BIA to Apply Correct Standard of Review on Good-Faith Marriage Question

The Second Circuit found the BIA erred in applying the clear-error standard of review, instead of de novo, to the immigration judge’s denial of the petitioner’s application for a good-faith marriage waiver. The court also held the petitioner abandoned his abuse of discretion claim on the Motion to Reopen denial because he failed to adequately argue it in his brief.

BIA Dismisses Appeal and Denies Adjustment After Ex-Spouse Withdrew Affidavit of Support

The BIA dismissed the appeal and found respondent was inadmissible due to her likelihood of becoming a public charge, stating that even though the respondent divorced, she was required to provide an affidavit of support from her former husband.

BIA Dismisses Respondent’s Appeal and Discusses §18.5 of the California Penal Code

The BIA found that the amendment to §18.5 of the California Penal Code, which retroactively lowered the maximum possible sentence that could have been imposed for a foreign national’s state offense from 365 days to 364 days, does not affect the applicability of INA §237(a)(2)(A)(i)(II) to a past conviction for a crime involving moral turpitude “for which a sentence of one year or longer may be imposed.”

BIA Distinguishes Pereira and Dismisses Respondent’s Appeal

The BIA found that a notice to appear that doesn’t specify the time and place of an individual’s initial removal hearing vests an immigration judge with jurisdiction over the removal proceedings and meets the requirements of INA §239(a), so long as a notice of hearing specifying this information is later sent to the individual.
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