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Rebecca Bamfo, A096 201 703 (BIA June 5, 2014)

Rebecca Bamfo, A096 201 703 (BIA June 5, 2014)

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In this unpublished decision, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) sustained an appeal challenging the revocation of an approved visa petition by USCIS based on allegations that the beneficiary had previously married a U.S. citizen for purposes of evading the immigration laws. The Board found that the evidence in the record did not support the reasons provided in the Notice of Intent to Revoke (NOIR), noting that the burden on the government of proving a marriage was fraudulent is higher than the burden on a petitioner of showing a marriage is bona fide. The decision was written by Member Edward Grant and joined by Member Sharon Hoffman and Member Elise Manuel.

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In this unpublished decision, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) sustained an appeal challenging the revocation of an approved visa petition by USCIS based on allegations that the beneficiary had previously married a U.S. citizen for purposes of evading the immigration laws. The Board found that the evidence in the record did not support the reasons provided in the Notice of Intent to Revoke (NOIR), noting that the burden on the government of proving a marriage was fraudulent is higher than the burden on a petitioner of showing a marriage is bona fide. The decision was written by Member Edward Grant and joined by Member Sharon Hoffman and Member Elise Manuel.

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Lichter, Laura L., Esq. Lchter Immigraton 1601 Vine Street Denver CO 80206 Name:BAMFO,REBECCA
US Dprtnt of Jsc
Executive Oce r Immigration Review
Bad f Immigatin Appal Oc f th Clk
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DHS/CIS -Denver, CO 12484 East Weaver Place Centennal, CO 80111 A 096-201-703 Date of ths notice: 6/5/2014
Enclosed is a copy of the Boar's decision and order in the above-rerenced case. Enclosure
Panel Members: Hoffmn, Shon Gnt Edwd
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Cite as: Rebecca Bamfo, A096 201 703 (BIA June 5, 2014)
For more unpublished BIA decisions, visit www.irac.net/unpublished
 
US Dpnt of Jstc
Executive Oce r Immigration Revew Deson of the Bard ommigao Apeals Fals Chrch, Vrgina
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File: A096 201 703 -Centennial, O Date In re REBEA
BAMFO
Beneciary of a visa petition ed by KWASI BONSU, Petitioner IN VISA PETITION REVOATION PROEEDINGS APPEAL ON BEHALF OF PETITIONER Laura L Lichter Esquire ON BEHALF OF DHS ortne V. Price Associate ounsel
JUN
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2014
APPLIATION Petition to classif status of alien relative r issuance of immigrant visa The petitioner has appealed om the decision of the US. itizenship and Immigration Services (IS) Field Oce Director, dated June 20, 202 revoking approva of the visa petition submitted on behalf of the beneciary as the spouse of a United States citien IS revoked the petition aer concluding that no immigrant petition could be approved on behalf of the beneciary, because she had previously sought to be accorded immediate relative status as the spouse of a United States citien by reason of a marriage determined to have been entered into r the pupose of evading the immigration laws
See
section 204( c) of the Immigration and  Nationaliy Act, 8 U.S.
§
l54(c) We review questions of law, discretion judgment, and ct arising in appeals om decisionsofIS ocers de novo
See
8 F.R.
§
003l(d)(3) We wll sustain the appeal and remand the record to the Director. In order r section 204( c) to ba the appoval of the present visa petiton submited on the beneciary's behalf, there must be, in this record, "substantial and probative evidence that the benecias prior maiage to Benjai� Akot was entered into r the purpose of evading the immigration aws
See
section 204(c) of th Act
Maer ofTawk,
20 I&N Dec 66 6869 (BIA 990) The director shod no give conclusive eect to determinations made in a prior proceeding Rather, the director should reach an independent conclsion based on the evidence bere him
Id
at 68 ISs April 8, 202, Notice of Intent to Revoke (NOIR) based its conclusion that section 204( c) of the Act bars appoval of the current petition on the ct that the beneciary and her prior spouse Benjamin Akoto, gave "radicaly dierent versions regarding their activities on the evening prior to their separate swo testimon bere an ocer ofUSIS Furher IS und that an Immigration udge questioned the beneciary regarding the dierent versions of
Cite as: Rebecca Bamfo, A096 201 703 (BIA June 5, 2014)
 
A096 201 703
emony nd he w unble o expln he derene
1
o he een h he NIR rer o rdlly deren emone durng he benery nd Mr Akoo une
12, 2007
nerw bere IS we hve revewed he rnrp of hoe nervew nd noe h here wee no queon preened regrdng he ve of he benery nd Mr Akoo on he ngh pro o he nerew We her noe h h he reord nde h he peoner nd he benery nwered he gre mjory of he queon n  onen mnner Fnlly neher he Noe of Inen o Deny he peon led by Mr Akoo on behlf of he benery nor he denl noe of h peon rerene ny nonene beween her emone  her une
12 2007
nervew Aordngly here  no uppor n he reord h he benery nd Mr Akoo provded nonen emony durng her une
12 2007,
nerew he reord lo nlude he Immgron udge November
21 2008
deon  well   rnrp of he removl proedng bere he Immgron udge Bere he Immgron udge he benery hd requeed  onnune of her proeedng o w djudon of n ppel of he denl of he peon led by Mr Akoo on he benery behlf The Immgron udge dened he onnune nd bed uh denl n pr on  eermnon h he benery dd no eblh h he mrrge beween herelf nd Mr Akoo w bon de Spelly  rerened n he November
21 2008
rnrp of he proeedng he Immgron udge eprely queoned he benery nd
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Akoo oneng her ve he ngh bere he November
21 2008
herng Whle he benery eed h er he nd Mr Akoo e dnner ey wen o bed round
9:00
pm Mr Akoo eed h
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pm nd wen o bed er howerng eng d whng ome elevon To he exen h he benery nd Mr Akoo emone bere he Immgron udge rm he b r IS lm n he Aprl
18 2012
 NIR h he benery nd Mr Akoo oered rdlly deren emone regrdng her ve pror o he benery'  November
21 2008
herng bere he Immgron udge we noe h uh emony w no bere n oer of USIS  lleged n he NIR Moreover whle h evdene my no eblh by ler nd onvnng evdene h he benery pror mrge o Mr Akoo w bon de uh evdene  nufen r  ndng h he benery pror mrge w udulen  ndng h requre  hgher ndrd of proof hn  lue on he benery p o demonre h her pror mrrge w bon de In he bene of ubnl nd probve evdene h he benery mrrge o Benjmn Akoo w udulen
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h  w enered no r he purpoe of evdng he mmgron lw we wll un he ppel
S Mttr ofTwjk sup
Aordngly he llowng order wll be enered
The benery w pled n removl poeedng n
2006
pror o her mge o Mr Akoo She ppered bere he Immgron our n hoe proeedng nd n Immgron udge ued  deon on November
21 2008
orderng her removed o Ghn
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Cite as: Rebecca Bamfo, A096 201 703 (BIA June 5, 2014)

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