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Motion to reopen & approval rates.

Tallahassee, FL |

We are thinking to file for a joint motion to reopen now that the I-130 is approved, is it better to go strait to the BIA, or ask the Office Of Chief Council first? We understand that each case is diferent, but what % of cases are reopened?, when the only problem to overcome is illegal presence for 10 years and entry with a photo sub. passport, (not a US passport) all other factors in the case are very possitive.

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If you're filing a joint motion, it's best to get the ICE attorney to agree to it and sign off first. If it is in fact a "joint motion" and ICE has agreed to it, it is very likely that the BIA or IJ will grant it. See an attorney.

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There is really no clear answer with this. It really all depends on the particular circumstances of your case.

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These are case specific. It sounds like you have a double problem. Note that unlawful presence can only be overcome with a waiver or 245(I) and so the motion may be futile. The false passport also needs a waiver.


This depends. We've won several MTR's in both avenues. We generally learn about the family, the underlying criminal and immigration history and advise you accordingly. Each case is different because each person is different.