Removal & Immigration Court
Resources for Cases in Removal
In 2006, the Attorney General instructed the Director of the Executive Office for Immigration Review, in consultation with the Immigration Judges, to issue a practice manual for the parties who appear before the Immigration Courts. This directive arose out of the public's desire for greater uniformity in Immigration Court procedures and a call for the Immigration Courts to implement their "best practices" nationwide.
Evidentiary Protections and Confidentiality
This ICE memo provides interim guidance concerning the expanded confidentiality protections of the VAWA 2005 and the legislation's requirements that ICE issue a certificate of compliance in certain circumstances.
Legislation/Memos on Cases in Removal
ICE Memorandum: Guidance Regarding U Nonimmigrant Status (U visas) Applicants in Removal Proceedings or with Final Order of Deportation or Removal (September 25, 2009)
This memo provides field guidance to ensure compliance with the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 (TVPRA) regarding aliens with pending U visa petitions who are either (1) subject to a final administrative order of deportation or removal and request a stay of removal or (2) in removal proceedings.
This memo explains the options of USCIS to set a 12-week response time or a shorter (ex. 30 day response time) for Request for Further Evidence and Notices of Intent to Deny.
This memo lists out instances in which CBP, CIS, and ICE should not issue Notices to Appear, as well as other options after filing the Notices to Appear.
If an adjustment of status was not available to the respondent at the former hearing, the alien is statutorily eligible for adjustment of status, and the respondent merits a favorable exercise of discretion.
AAO/ U Visa Cases
Many thanks to Rekha Sharma-Crawford for pursuing this case to AAO, vindicating our long-posited argument that a 212(a)(9)(C) waiver eliminates the underlying predicate for 241(a)(5).
Cases to Reopen
The Court unanimously held that a statutory provision stripping courts of jurisdiction to review immigration decisions that Congress has declared "to be in the discretion of the Attorney General".
In February of 212, The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) overruled Matter of Gutierrez 21 I&N Dec. 479 (BIA 1996) a person requesting administrative closure may succeed without agreement from the government attorney. In Matter of Avetisyan, 25 I&N Dec. 688 (BIA 2012), the Board identified factors for the adjudicator to determine whether to close a case.
Sanchez Sosa Motions/U Visa Cases
U Visa Samples
Pratice Advisories on Cases in Removal
This practice advisory offers a detailed overview of filing petitions, from the length of grace periods to litigation in the Court of Appeals.
Practice Advisory: Voluntary Departure and the Harsh Consequences of Failing to Depart (July 6, 2009)
This practice advisory from the AILF's Legal Action Center offers an overview when voluntary departure is given and the costs and benefits of such an order.
Practice Advisory: USCIS Adjustment of Status of "Arriving Aliens" with an Unexecuted Final Order of Removal (November 6, 2008)
This practice advisory by Mary Kenney, is one of the three which discuss interim regulations that give USCIS jurisdiction over the adjustment applications of an "arriving alines" parolee who is in removal proceedings.
Practice Advisory: Adjustment of Status of "Arriving Aliens" Under the Interim Regulations: Challenging the BIA's Denial of a Motion to Reopen, Remand, or Continue a Case (April 16, 2007)
This practice advisory adopted by Mary Kenney, is the third in a series about interim regulations, that give USCIS jurisdiction over the adjustment applications of an "arriving alines" parolee who is in removal proceeding. It discussed how reinstatement of removal under 241(a)(5) applies to people generally, with some information at the end on VAWA. Should read with more recent CIS memos on I-212.s.
Matter of Lozada, 19 I&N Dec. 637 (BIA 1988) aff'd 857 F.2d 10 (1st Cir. 1988) sets the requirements for filing a motion to reopen a case based on ineffective assistance of counsel. This practice advisory lays out the Lozada requirements and restrictions.
The Child Status Protection Act (CSPA), provides relief to children who "age-out" (turn 21) as a result of delays by USCIS in processing visa petitions and asylum and refugee applications. This practice advisory offers information age calculations and formulas for determining who constitutes a child and at what age.