Adebola Olasupo Oshuporu, Petitioner, v. Immigration and Naturalization Service, Respondent, 59 F.3d 175 (9th Cir. 1995)

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U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit - 59 F.3d 175 (9th Cir. 1995) Submitted June 6, 1995. *Decided June 12, 1995

On Petition for Review of an Order of the Board of Immigration Appeals, INS No. A28-509-878.



Before: O'SCANNLAIN, LEAVY, and HAWKINS, Circuit Judges.


Adebola Olasupo Oshuporu, a native and citizen of Nigeria, petitions for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals' ("BIA") decision (1) affirming the immigration judge's ("IJ") denial of Oshuporu's application for adjustment of status under section 245(e) (3) of the Immigration and Nationality Act ("INA"), 8 U.S.C. § 1255(e) (3), and (2) denying Oshuporu's motion to remand. We have jurisdiction under 8 U.S.C. § 1105(a), and we deny the petition.

Under the Immigration Marriage Fraud Amendments of 1986, Pub. L. No. 99-639, 100 Stat. 3537, and the Immigration Act of 1990, Pub. L. No. 101-649, 104 Stat. 49788, an alien spouse seeking adjustment of status based on a marriage entered into after deportation proceedings have been commenced must either reside outside of the United States for two years or establish by clear and convincing evidence that the marriage was entered into in good faith and not for the purpose of immigrating into the United States. See 8 U.S.C. §§ 1154(g), 1255(e); Dielmann v. INS, 34 F.3d 851, 853 (9th Cir. 1994).

Moreover, in Dielmann, we held that there was "no defect, constitutional or otherwise, in the policy adopted by the BIA" which required an alien seeking such adjustment to have an approved visa petition in order to state prima facie case of eligibility warranting a motion to reopen. 34 F.3d at 853 (citing In re Arthur, Int.Dec. 3173 (BIA1992)).

Given our decision in Dielmann, the BIA did not err by affirming the IJ's denial of adjustment of status and denying Oshuporu's motion to remand based on his unapproved visa petition. See id.; see also Pritchett v. INS, 993 F.2d 80, 82 (5th Cir. 1993). Moreover, to the extent Oshuporu urges us to reconsider Dielmann, only a panel sitting en banc has the authority to overrule a prior decision of this court. See United States v. Lucas, 963 F.2d 243, 247 (9th Cir. 1992).



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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