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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.

You can’t get railroaded by ICE if you have a Court hearing

Matter of GARCIA-RAMIREZ, 26 I&N Dec. 674 (BIA 2015)
(1) Where an alien has the right to a hearing before an Immigration Judge, a voluntary departure or return does not break the alien’s continuous physical presence for purposes of cancellation of removal under section 240A(b)(1)(A) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. § 1229b(b)(1)(A) (2012), in the absence of evidence that he or she was informed of and waived the right to such a hearing, regardless of whether the encounter occurred at or near the border. Matter of Avilez, 23 I&N Dec. 799 (BIA 2005), clarified.
(2) Evidence that an alien who had the right to a hearing before an Immigration Judge was fingerprinted and/or photographed before being allowed to voluntarily depart is not enough, in itself, to demonstrate a waiver of the right to a hearing or to show a process of sufficient formality to break continuous physical presence. Matter of Castrejon-Colino, 26 I&N Dec. 667 (BIA 2015), followed.

Got Voluntary Departure? Case just ruled it does NOT break continuous presence for Cancellation

Matter of CASTREJON-COLINO, 26 I&N Dec. 667 (BIA 2015)
(1) Where an alien has the right to a hearing before an Immigration Judge, a voluntary departure or return does not break the alien’s continuous physical presence for purposes of cancellation of removal under section 240A(b)(1)(A) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. § 1229b(b)(1)(A) (2012), in the absence of evidence that he or she was informed of and waived the right to such a hearing. Matter of Avilez, 23 I&N Dec. 799 (BIA 2005), clarified.
(2) Evidence that an alien who had the right to a hearing before an Immigration Judge was fingerprinted and/or photographed before being allowed to voluntarily depart is not enough, in itself, to demonstrate a waiver of the right to a hearing or to show a process of sufficient formality to break continuous physical presence.

CA4 on Jurisdiction over BIA Remand for Voluntary Departure

The court found jurisdiction to review the BIA’s order remanding for a grant of voluntary departure, but prudentially declined to exercise jurisdiction in light of Dada and 8 CFR §1240.26(b)(1)(i)(D).

CA9 on Impact of Weekends and Holidays on Voluntary Departure

The court held that where voluntary departure expires on a weekend or holiday, and a motion that would affect voluntary departure is filed the next business day, voluntary departure legally expires on the next business day.

Withdrawal the Voluntary Departure

Regarding Voluntary Departure, try to withdraw the Voluntary Departure before filing the Motion to Reopen

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