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Sunipha Damouni, A029 235 328 (BIA Jan. 10, 2013)

Sunipha Damouni, A029 235 328 (BIA Jan. 10, 2013)

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In this unpublished decision, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) held that a waiver under Section 237(a)(1)(H) of the INA is available for fraud committed in connection with an application for adjustment of status, citing prior decisions holding that an adjustment of status constitutes an "admission." The decision was written by Member Paula Cole and joined by Member Anne Greer. Member Roger A. Pauley issued a dissenting opinion.

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In this unpublished decision, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) held that a waiver under Section 237(a)(1)(H) of the INA is available for fraud committed in connection with an application for adjustment of status, citing prior decisions holding that an adjustment of status constitutes an "admission." The decision was written by Member Paula Cole and joined by Member Anne Greer. Member Roger A. Pauley issued a dissenting opinion.

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Lisa Seifert Seiert Law Oices12 E. Fourth Ave, 200AOlympia WA 9850Name: DAMOUNI SUNPA
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Cite as: Sunipha Damouni, A029 235 328 (BIA Jan. 10, 2013)
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Cite as: Sunipha Damouni, A029 235 328 (BIA Jan. 10, 2013)
 
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A029 235 328 enteed he second maiage audulenty and solely  the pupose ofobtaning law immigaton statu (I.J. at 1, 7;  at 44-50; Exhs 1 3A)he espondent admitted the allegations in the N A, conceded he emovablity as chaged, and sought a waive unde ection 237(a)()(H) of the Act J. at 2  at 3-5). he Iigation Judge und that the epondent (1) wa not statutoily eigie  the wave and (2) had not deontated that she eited the waive in the execse of discetion (IJ at 3-8).II ISSUE he issue in thi cae s whethe a section 237(a)(l)(H) wave is avalable to aliens who adust thei tatus witn the Unted States. Hee the espondent seeks to waive the aud she commied at the time ofhe adjustent of stats to that ofa lawl pemanent eident, aud that occrred ae he initia enty into the United State as a nonimmgant In thi decision we wil examine the scope of the 237(a)(l )(H) aud waive in light 
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he 1996 aendent to he Act in deteining whethe the pase at the time of admision as used at ecton 237(a)(l)(H) of the Act include aud o misepesentation at the time of an alien's adjustment of tas.We concude that an alen adjustment of stats withn the United States can conttute an adission  puoses of a  ive nde eton 237( a)(l )(H) of the Act heee an alen ay be ganted thi waive  aud o msepeentation coited at the tie of he adustent oftatus.
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SANDARD OF EVIEW We eview an Imigation Judges ndings of ct  cea eo 8 R§ 003 l(d)(3)(i)We eview quetions of aw, diceton, o judgent, and al othe isues 
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8 FR§ 1003.1d)(3)(ii).
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HE IMMIGRAION JUDGES DEISION AND HE ARIES' OSIIONShe Immiation Judge nd that the espondent was not tatutoiy eligible  a waive unde section 237(a)(l)(H) of the Act because pio copaale waves nde me sections 24l(a)(l)(H) (1990) and24l( ofteAct(l 961), 8 U.S§§ 25l(a)(l)(H), (, wee only avaiabe  aud o isepesentation at the tie of an alens enty nto the United State (IJ at 3)
cng Kaen v INS,
460 F2d 46(9th i 972) In 
Mate f Cnnelly pa
this Boad hed that a aud wave pursuant to secton 24l( of the Act only waive ecldail gound that eisted at the tme of an aliens entry intothe United States and becaue an aien's adjustment of stas unde section 245 of the Act was not an enty into the Uited State aud o msepesentaton coted at the tie of adjstet oftatu was not wihin the scope of the waive. he Imigation Judge also und 
Svaamanv sc
360 3d 1142 (9th  2004) to be pesaive (IJ at 4) In that case the United States ot ofAppeals  the Ninth cit which ha uidiction hee addeed section 237( a)(2)(A)(i)  ofthe Act to deteine whee an alien wa eovable as one convicted of a cie involving moaltupitude (I) commited wthin 5 yeas ae the date ofadission Sila to ths espondentShivaaman enteed the United State as a nonimigant and adjuted stats 7 yea late (IJ at 7)
Cite as: Sunipha Damouni, A029 235 328 (BIA Jan. 10, 2013)

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