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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.

USCIS draft memorandum offering administrative relief options

Undated USCIS draft memorandum offering administrative relief options to promote family unity, foster economic growth, achieve significant process improvements, and reduce the threat of removal for certain individuals present in the United States without authorization.

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