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USCIS Designates Matter of L-S-M- as an Adopted Decision

USCIS issued a policy memorandum designating Matter of L-S-M- as an AAO adopted decision, which establishes this decision as policy guidance that applies to and binds all USCIS employees. Matter of L-S-M- clarifies that INA §240B(d)(2), which provides an exception for certain victims of domestic violence or related abuse to the civil penalties in INA §240B(d)(1) for failure to comply with an order of voluntary departure, does not extend to U-1 nonimmigrant victims of qualifying criminal activity.

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