Sasoun Avetisian, Petitioner, v. Immigration and Naturalization Service, Respondent, 94 F.3d 650 (9th Cir. 1996)

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US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit - 94 F.3d 650 (9th Cir. 1996)

Submitted April 22, 1996. *Decided April 29, 1996

Before: HALL, THOMPSON, AND RYMER, Circuit Judges


Sasoun Avetisian, a citizen of Armenia, petitions for review of a decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals not to reopen his deportation proceedings. We have jurisdiction under 8 U.S.C. § 1105a(a), and stay this petition as described below.

The BIA denied Avetisian's motion to reopen because he failed to establish a prima facie case for adjustment of status under 8 U.S.C. § 1255. See INS v. Abudu, 485 U.S. 94, 104 (1988) (BIA can deny motion to reopen if petitioner fails to establish prima facie case for the substantive relief sought). To make a prima facie case for adjustment of status, Avetisian must demonstrate: "(1) that he has applied for an adjustment of status; (2) that he is eligible to receive an immigrant visa and is admissible to the United States; and (3) that an immigrant visa is immediately available to him at the time his application is filed. 8 U.S.C. § 1255." Obitz v. District Director of INS, 623 F.2d 1331, 1332 (9th Cir. 1980) (en banc).

We reject the government's argument that Avetisian's failure to file an application for adjustment of status with the BIA requires us to deny the petition for review. Avetisian did file an application for adjustment of status with the INS District Office. See 8 C.F.R. § 245.2(a) (alien who believes he meets eligibility requirements of section 245 "shall apply to the district director having jurisdiction over his place of residence").

Motions to reopen must be "supported by affidavits or other evidentiary material." 8 C.F.R. § 3.8(a). Rather than submitting a copy of the adjustment of status application, Avetisian simply gave the BIA a copy of his adjustment of status interview notice from the INS.

Given the unique circumstances of this case, however, we will stay Avetisian's petition for review to allow him to file a new motion to reopen with the BIA. See Olivar v. INS, 967 F.2d 1381, 1383 (9th Cir. 1992); Roque-Carranza v. INS, 778 F.2d 1373, 1374 (9th Cir. 1985); Alvarez-Ruiz v. INS, 749 F.2d 1314, 1316 (9th Cir. 1984). If the new motion is filed within 60 days of the filing of this disposition, the stay will be continued until the BIA decides the motion. If Avetisian does not file the motion with the BIA within 60 days of the filing of this disposition, his petition in this Court will be dismissed. Within 14 days of the expiration of the stay, the parties shall file status reports or motions for appropriate relief.



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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