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AAO Grants Motion to Reopen for TPS Applicant Where Notary Falsely Claimed to Be an Attorney

In a nonprecedent decision, the AAO granted the motion to reopen and remanded, finding that the applicant met all of the Lozada requirements, and satisfied his burden of showing that his delay in filing for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) was due to the ineffective assistance of an individual impersonating an attorney.

Court Grants Petition for Review for Ineffective Assistance of Counsel Claim

The Seventh Circuit remanded, holding that the BIA abused its discretion by ignoring a potentially meritorious argument when deciding on the motion to reopen, and that the BIA should determine if the petitioner’s attorneys incompetently neglected to offer evidence and arguments that might have resolved the inconsistencies identified by the Immigration Judge.

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