Hossein G. Vahedi; Fatemeh G. Vahedi, Aka Fatemeh Hessam, Petitioners, v. United States Immigration and Naturalization Service, Respondent, 53 F.3d 341 (9th Cir. 1995)

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US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit - 53 F.3d 341 (9th Cir. 1995) Submitted April 19, 1995. Decided April 26, 1995

Before: BROWNING, SNEED, and T.G. NELSON, Circuit Judges.


Hossein and Fatemeh Vahedi, natives and citizens of Iran, petition for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals' ("BIA") summary dismissal of their appeal from the immigration judge's ("IJ") decision finding them deportable as charged and denying their application for asylum and withholding of deportation, 8 U.S.C. §§ 1158(a) and 1253(h). We have jurisdiction pursuant to 8 U.S.C. § 1105a(a). We grant the petition for review.

The BIA summarily dismissed the appeal because the Vahedis' notice of appeal (form EIOR-26) failed to list the issues they intended to present to the BIA with sufficient specificity. See 8 C.F.R. Sec. 3.1(d) (1-a) (i) (A).1 

In Padilla-Agustin v. INS, this court held that the combination of the "EOIR-26, the BIA's strict notice of appeal requirements, and the failure to give any advance warning before an appeal is dismissed [violates] the due process rights of an alien." 21 F.3d 970, 977 (9th Cir. 1994). Accordingly, because our opinion in Padilla-Agustin calls into question the adequacy of the BIA's summary dismissal procedures, we grant the petition for review. We remand so that the BIA may consider in the first instance whether its summary dismissal of the Vahedis' appeal complied with the standards set forth in Padilla-Agustin.



The panel unanimously finds this case suitable for decision without oral argument. Fed. R. App. P. 34(a); 9th Cir. R. 34-4


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Under 8 C.F.R. Sec. 3.1(d) (1-a) (i) (A), the BIA may summarily dismiss any appeal in which " [t]he party concerned fails to specify the reasons for the appeal on [the Notice of Appeal Form] or other document filed therewith."