Simon v. Att'y Gen. of U.S., No. 10-2411 (3d Cir. 2011)Annotate this Case
Petitioner, a citizen of Guyana, entered the U.S. in 1994 on a six-month tourist visa and remained after that period. He obtained approved I-130 immediate relative and I-140 work petitions and applied for adjustment of status, but no visa numbers were available. After several continuances, the immigration judge refused any further continuance pending availability of a visa number and ordered deportation. The BIA dismissed an appeal, stating that the future availability of a visa number is speculative and insufficient to establish cause for a continuance). The Third Circuit vacated and remanded for consideration of factors established in a 2009 BIA decision (Hashmi) for use in evaluating whether to continue removal proceedings pending an adjustment of status application: DHS response to the motion; whether the underlying visa petition is prima facie approvable; respondent's statutory eligibility for adjustment of status; whether respondent's application for adjustment merits a favorable exercise of discretion; and (5) the reason for the continuance and other procedural factors. Factors relevant to determining the fourth criteria include, but are not limited to, the existence of family ties and length of residence in the United States, the hardship of traveling abroad, and respondent's immigration history.