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Juan Martinez-Alvarez, A200 759 323 (BIA May 29, 2014)

Juan Martinez-Alvarez, A200 759 323 (BIA May 29, 2014)

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In this unpublished decision, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) held that reopening sua sponte was warranted to permit the respondent to have his application for adjustment of status heard on the merits. The Board noted that the law firm the respondent retained neglected to file a motion to substitute counsel after the attorney handling the respondent’s case left the firm, and that the firm did not advise the respondent of the court-imposed deadline to submit his adjustment application. The decision was written by Member John Guendelsberger and joined by Vice-Chairman Charles Adkins-Blanch and Member Elise Manuel.
In this unpublished decision, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) held that reopening sua sponte was warranted to permit the respondent to have his application for adjustment of status heard on the merits. The Board noted that the law firm the respondent retained neglected to file a motion to substitute counsel after the attorney handling the respondent’s case left the firm, and that the firm did not advise the respondent of the court-imposed deadline to submit his adjustment application. The decision was written by Member John Guendelsberger and joined by Vice-Chairman Charles Adkins-Blanch and Member Elise Manuel.

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For more unpublished BIA decisions, visit www.irac.net/unpublished
Cite as: Juan Martinez-Alvarez, A200 759 323 (BIA May 29, 2014)
 
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Execuve Oce
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Immigraton Revew Dcson of he Bod of mgo Appals Fals Cc, Vgna
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 Fle:  A200 759 323 Dallas,
In re: JAN MATINEZ-ALVAREZ IN REMOVAL POCEEDINGS  APEAL  Date ON BEALF OF ESPONDENT: Frce . Cz, Equre  APPLICATION: eopenng
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The repondent, a natve and czen o exco, appeal om the Imgrato Judge June 28, 2012, decon denng h moton to reopen proceedng The Depet o  omeand Secur DHS) ha no led an appeal bre The appeal wl be ustaned, and the  record wll e remanded fr rhe proceedng. We revew the ndng o c, ncludng deemnaton o credblt, made by the Immgraon Jdge under e "cleal eoneou andard 8 CFR
1003d)3)) We  revew all oher ue, ncludng whether or not he pare have me he elevan burden o  proo, and ue o dcreon, nder a de novo andard 8 CF 
§
003 1 d)(3 )() On Ferary 6, 2012, the Immgraon Judge dened a abandoned te reponden applcaon fr adjumen o tatu becaue the applcaton was not ed by he cour-mpoed dealne o Febrar 1, 2012 B eparate order, alo dated ebruary 6, 2012, e Immgraon Judge dened a moon to whdraw a counel an a reuet fr add  onal tme to le applcaon, hch a led on Febuary 3, 2012 On Aprl 20, 2012, he reponden ed a  moon o eopen ua pone puan o 8 CF
100323, whch he Immgraon Jdge dene on Ma 4, 2012, fr lure to pay he lng e fr oon. A ubequent moon to eopen  led on June 20, 2012, whch he Immgraton Judge dened on Jne 28, 202, concludng tha he moon wa unmel and numberbred, and detenng hat here a an nucent ba fr ua ponte reopenng. e eponde ague on appeal that the Immaton Judge ered n denng h requet fr a pone reopenng
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Immgraton Judge may upon h or her moon at an me . reopen or reconder any cae n whch he or he ha ade a econ
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8 C.R
00323) The power o  reopen or econder  mted o exceponal taon
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21 I&N Dec 76 BIA 1997). e nd hat ua pone reopenng  approprae n  ce Although e repondent dd not ll compl wh the evdenar requemen fr aserng a clam o neectve aance o counel outlned n
  Lzd
19 I&N Dec. 637, 639 BIA 1988),
 we note
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  Lzd 
a moon baed upon a clam o neectve tance o counel hould be uppoed b a ada, reec ether a complan had een led wth the approprate dcplnar auhore, and nclude a repone o the allegaton b fer counel or epor counel lre or real o repond.
  zd, 
at 639.
Cite as: Juan Martinez-Alvarez, A200 759 323 (BIA May 29, 2014)
 
 A200 759 323  hat he dd subm adavt ulinng he circumsances surrundig hs representatin y the Matur Law Oces n his case as we as his aey ee aeement with he Maur Law Oces invce and case nans m the rm d aey emai crrespndence The mn  whdraw reecs a the respndent hired e Mathur Law Oces d  wa asigned Crsbal Clndres as hs aey. The min her ate at Mr Cindres ended his emplymen a he Mahur Law Oces n September 19 201 d at ae hs deparure he ned he rm tha mns  substitue as cunsel shuld e ed n all  his  pending cases ncludng he repnden's case d tha i pending lg deadlines wee nt me  his clients culd have her clams denied as abandned In requesing  wthdraw m the case and n seeing addinal me f he respnden  le hs applicatn Mr Cindes ned tha  he received nan m a cu clerk n February 3 2012 that e Ma Law Oces had led mtins t subsue as cunse in al  his pending cases
except
 he respndent's case Eail crrespndence eween Mr Clindres and represenaives at he Math Law Oce ed wh te min  wdraw and wih e min  repen cnrms a n Januay 2012  bere he lng deadlne Mr. Clndre nured abut the atus  he mins t ubstitue and was tld ncrrecly at ey ad been ed n al  his pendg cases. The repnden saes in hs adav ha he las me wh Aey Mathur a he Matur Law Oces n  Nvember 8 2011 and a whie he wa nfed ha M. Clndes n lnger wred fr he r he wa n infrmed abu he need  le s applicatins with he cur y February 1 202 he evdence n he recrd herefre reecs at the respndent's legal represenain  wth he Mah Law Oces was in sin shrly befre e lig deadline and that the Maur Law Oces did nt le a in  susitue cunse aer r. Clindre e e rm r submit he respndents appican by he Feby 1 2012 deadne  Based n the  paricular circumsances  hi case we thu cnclude hat ua spnte repenng s apppriae s ha he respnden may have his appcan fr adusmen  status cidered n the merits
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ODER The appea  sustaned  FURTER ORDE he recrd is remanded fr rher prceedgs cnssen wth the  fregng pinn.
We ne a n une 5 201 he Secreary  he Deparen  Hmeland Seciy (DHS) aunced tha ceran yung peple w are w law ercemen prriies wll e elgle fr deerred acn he respnden may be eligible fr deed actn Inatin regdng DHS Cnsderatin  Deed Acn fr Chidhd rivas ay be ained nlne
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Cite as: Juan Martinez-Alvarez, A200 759 323 (BIA May 29, 2014)

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